Antonio Conte has said he is “making my evaluations” about Tottenham’s first-team and will then talk to the club about which players are worthy of a place in the squad.
The Spurs manager was speaking after Thursday’s night’s embarrassing 2-1 defeat away to NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, a game in which a number of fringe players failed to make any sort of impression.
Matt Doherty, Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon – who was sent off in the first half – and Dele Alli were all particularly disappointing, especially with places in the team up for grabs in their specific positions.
In quotes we shared after the match, Conte questioned the quality of the squad, admitting “the level of Tottenham is not so high”.
Now, new quotes have emerged as relayed by Football London, with Conte going one step further by essentially saying he is ready to tell the board who can stay and who can go.
“For sure we need players with the right mentality and with the quality, players that deserve to play for Tottenham and aspire to be competitive, to fight for this shirt, to win something,” said the Italian.
“For sure, we need this. I’m making my evaluations and then I’ll speak with the club but I’m ready to continue to work in this way.
“It’s important that we have to know that the situation is not simple, simple, no. It’s not enough to do this [clicks fingers] and change the situation.
“We need time, we need passion, we need work and I’m here for this. It doesn’t mean that we have to change a lot. I’m ready to do what the club want to do, but now, the situation is very clear.”
It appears there could be some major personnel changes in January and next summer, something that has been required for some time.
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