Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is swinging his axe behind-the-scenes as he makes it clear a ‘top player in the world’ is not part of his north London plans.
The Lowdown: Conte preparing…
The Lilywhites are aiming to give Conte their full support ahead of his first full Premier League season in charge of the club over 2022/2023, as evident by their flurry of transfer activity.
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Indeed, Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence have all arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in time for Conte’s pre-season.
However, while there has been a lot of movement in terms of incomings, the same really cannot be said for outgoings despite sporting director Fabio Paratici’s alleged efforts this week.
The Latest: Conte clear ‘top player in the world’ can leave…
As per The Evening Standard, as Spurs look to balance out their books after a series of investments, many players could leave – including midfielder Giovani Lo Celso despite his brilliant loan spell at Villarreal.
The Argentine played a key role in their run to the Champions League semi-finals, but according to ES, Conte has ‘made it clear’ that the former Real Betis star is ‘not part of his plans’.
The Verdict: Stick or twist?
Described as a ‘top player in the world’ by compatriot Geronimo Rulli, Lo Celso’s form for Villarreal over the player’s spell on loan last year certainly backs that the South American’s real quality at times.
As per WhoScored, he proved a real threat, attracting more fouls per 90 than anyone in Unai Emery’s squad whilst also completing the third-highest amount of successful take-ons domestically.
However, given Conte’s reliably reported behind-scenes decision and his remarkable transformation of Spurs, it’s perhaps wise to let the Italian take full control and green-light a move away for Lo Celso – even despite the midfielder’s previous fine form at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
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