The key thing that Tottenham have arguably missed over the years is strength in depth, even when they had a title-challenging team under Mauricio Pochettino.
While the starting XI can rival most teams in the league, once you factor in injuries, fatigue, and out-of-form players, Tottenham often fall short of the likes of Man City and Chelsea.
There is a reason Conte was always reluctant to turn to his bench last season, and depth will become even more prominent in the next campaign with five substitutions and nine-man benches allowed.
However, for the first time in a long time, Tottenham can now boast two great options for each position.
We will have to see which players depart and if any new names come in between now and the end of the transfer window, but let’s take a look at Conte’s potential options for next season.
Goalkeeper – Lloris/Forster:
Hugo Lloris is always going to be number one and, barring an injury, he will likely play every single Premier League match.
Therefore, getting a cost-efficient and homegrown option in the form of Fraser Forster was just good business.
Right wing-back – Spence/Doherty/Emerson:
Tottenham are still expected to get Djed Spence over the line, while Matt Doherty thrived at RWB for Wolves – and towards the end of last season for Spurs.
Emerson Royal could be on his way out, but provides a more defensive option there if not.
Right centre-back – Romero/Sanchez/Tanganga:
Cristian Romero is already one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League after just one season in England.
What’s more, Davinson Sanchez stepped up every time Spurs needed him in the Argentine’s absence last season.
Japhet Tanganga’s strongest position is also arguably on the right side of a back three, so Conte will have a lot of options here next season.
Central sweeper – Dier/Rodon:
Eric Dier has well and truly earned his role as the chief central sweeper at Spurs. Many fans wrote him off last summer, but the sweeper role seems to be the perfect hybrid between his defence and midfield days.
Joe Rodon has been outstanding for Wales in that position and has always done well when called upon for Wales. Meanwhile, Gleison Bremer is still linked and Clement Lenglet could cover there too.
Left-centre-back – Davies/Lenglet:
As if he wasn’t impressive enough for Spurs at LCB last season, Ben Davies was outstanding for Wales in their World Cup qualifiers.
If Clement Lenglet joins, his left foot will likely be utilised in this role too. Whether or not Spurs go big on a Bastoni or Gvardiol type seems unlikely, but remains to be seen.
Left-wing-back – Perisic/Reguilon/Sessegnon
Tottenham have signed Ivan Perisic as an experienced option at LWB who guarantees goals, assists, and creativity all season long.
Ryan Sessegnon will likely be his protégé for the year and rotate in and out.
Meanwhile, Sergio Reguilon is still at the club and has more experience in a flat four than the other two if needed.
✅ Ivan Perišić (free)
✅ Fraser Forster (free)
✅ Yves Bissouma (£25m)
✅ Richarlison (£60m)
🔜 Clément Lenglet (loan)
🔜 Djed Spence (£20m)
— FansBet (@FansBet) July 1, 2022
Central midfield (x2) – Bentancur/Bissouma/Hojbjerg/Skipp/Sarr:
Oliver Skipp enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough season last time out, performing well alongside the reliable and consistent Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The Dane then forged a dynamic partnership with January signing Rodrigo Bentancur after Skipp’s injury.
Now you can add box-to-box Bissouma on top of that too! Plus the potential return of Pape Matar Sarr as extra cover, and academy starlet Harvey White.
Right-wing – Kulusevski/Moura:
Lucas Moura played the first half of the season at right-wing to a very high standard under Antonio Conte, before Dejan Kulusevski took things to a new level in February onwards.
I expect those two to remain and push each other this year, with Richarlison also able to cover there too.
Striker – Kane/Richarlison:
Harry Kane has never really had a striker partner at Spurs would can cover for him when he needs a rest without dramatically changing the style of play.
Tottenham signing Richarlison may have finally changed that, as Conte has a £60m striker to rotate into any of the front three positions.
Left-wing – Son/Gil
Heung-min Son will undoubtedly start the majority of games. However, Tottenham have an array of names who can cover on that left side now.
Whether it be Richarlison, Perisic pushing up into the front three, or young Bryan Gil – Conte has options.
With strength and depth galore, how far can Conte take this Tottenham team?
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