Although Antonio Conte has only been at the Tottenham Hotspur helm a few short months, there have already been moves made in the transfer market based on the Italian’s wishes. With players both incoming and outgoing, the squad now has a different feel to the start of the campaign and can only be a positive as far as Conte and his plan for this Spurs team is concerned. Here, we take a look at the comings and goings, and assess exactly the impact they may have on the Tottenham squad.
Dejan Kulusevski arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on transfer deadline day on an 18 month loan deal with an option to purchase. Kulusevski comes across far more mature than his 21 years and has been excellent for both Parma and to a lesser extent Juventus during the early stages of his career. The Swedish international doesn’t appear to be someone who would get involved with online casinos and is a particularly committed footballer. Dejan began his Tottenham career in the best way possible with a debut goal away at Manchester City on Saturday.
Rodrigo Bentancur was also signed by Spurs on the recent transfer deadline day from Juventus. Bentancur put pen to paper on a three year deal, and is a player you can see fits the mould that Antonio Conte desires. Bentancur began his career with Boca Juniors before signing for Juventus in 2017. The Uruguayan went on to win three consecutive Serie A titles, and has been a key part of the Juventus set up for the past five seasons. It was somewhat of a surprise that Bentancur was allowed to leave the Allianz, but the assured midfielder is a great acquisition for Spurs.
Dele Alli‘s career had somewhat stalled at Tottenham over the past few seasons, so it was no real surprise to see the young midfielder make a big money move to Everton on January 31st. Dele looked to be making his mark under Antonio Conte but ultimately made just ten starts this term and Conte was happy to see Alli move to Merseyside for a deal thought to be worth up to £40m. Frank Lampard made it clear that Dele Alli was his number one transfer target when arriving as Everton manager, and that likely played a huge part in Alli’s decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur. All things considered, this appears to be a positive move for both the player and Spurs in terms of the transfer fee received.