Antonio Conte insists he still needs at least TWO transfer windows to turn Tottenham into title contenders despite spending over £100m this summer on their two biggest buys – Richarlison and Yves Bissouma – waiting for the first departures
- Tottenham have sought to revamp Italian Antonio Conte’s squad this summer
- The club have spent significant sums to bring in the players Conte wants
- Richarlison and Yves Bissouma are yet to start a competitive game for the club
- Conte admits he will be rotating his starting XI in the coming weeks
- They started the season in good shape going unbeaten after four games
Antonio Conte says he needs at least two more transfer windows to turn Tottenham into real challengers for the Premier League title.
Spurs started the season well, taking 10 points from a possible 12 after Sunday’s 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest.
Head coach Conte has spoken with the club’s board about bolstering his squad ahead of Thursday’s deadline after a string of arrivals earlier this summer, but insists he is content to work with the players already at his disposal.
Antonio Conte insisted he still needs at least two transfer windows to reach his ideal squad
After being consistent with his caps in the first four games, the Italian accepts that he will now discover his team’s true strength as he prepares to tour due to having two matches a week until the end of the season. Winter World Cup break.
“I tried to start with the old players because they give me more reality,” said Conte, who will face a London derby at West Ham on Wednesday night.
‘With the new players, we started working with them in just a month and a half. And I think in the end my choices were good because we had four good results in the first four games.
The Tottenham manager says despite spending a lot of money, they’re not quite there yet
‘Now when you have to go and play a match every three days, it’s normal to rotate, the players have to be smart to understand that sometimes you have to go on the bench, come in, alternate.
“And that’s the period when the club can figure out if we’re really, really complete in the squad or maybe we could do better.”
“If you compare to last season, we are more complete. But to reach other teams at the highest level, it takes time, patience and transfer markets, at least two transfer markets to reach the same level.
Speaking about possible additions this week, he added: “I’ve spoken with the club and told them my opinion, but whether we do something or not it’s fine.”
Harry Kane scored twice for Tottenham at Nottingham Forest and Conte said it was everyone’s desire at the club to keep his talisman
Harry Kane won both of Tottenham’s goals at the City Ground, while substitute Richarlison grabbed headlines for a late display that upset Forest boss Steve Cooper.
Conte has been impressed with the Brazilian’s cameos since his big-money arrival from Everton and says the striker’s first departure is imminent.
“We are talking about a player who can help us a lot this season, a player who is a very good addition,” Conte said of the 25-year-old.
“I think in the past Tottenham didn’t have a player at this level behind Harry, behind Son (Heung-min), and now we have a very good player and he’s in the best moment of his career to stay at Tottenham and to show his talent.
Richarlison is yet to start a game for Tottenham this season but Conte says the Brazilian will be an important player this season.
“He can help us a lot this season and now every time he plays 20, 30, 40 minutes he plays very well. Of course in the next games we will see him in the starting XI.”
Star man Kane, who has two years left on his contract with Tottenham, has scored four goals in his last three appearances after his brace at Forest, earning seven points for his side.
Conte said Spurs were keen to secure the England captain’s future but had no update on a potential contract extension.
“We are talking about an important player for Tottenham and the desire of everyone at the club is to continue to stay with Tottenham and sign a new contract,” Conte said.
“But if you ask me for details, information, I cannot answer you.
Yves Bissouma is another who hasn’t started despite the large sum Tottenham have spent on him this summer
Conte says he still needs at least TWO more transfer windows to turn Tottenham into title contenders