Tottenham looked a long way from contending for the Premier League title in Wednesday’s humbling 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford. Express Sport looks at four signings they could make to mount a proper title challenge under Antonio Conte.
Spurs made Inter Milan prospect Alessandro Bastoni their top target for their left-sided centre-back role in the summer. The North Londoners saw the position as a key area to upgrade.
Bastoni was unwilling to leave the Serie A club, though, and remained in Italy. Spurs ultimately signed Clement Lenglet on loan from Barcelona but the Frenchman has not been a significant upgrade on Ben Davies.
Conte still requires a top player on the left side of his defence, with United enjoying plenty of success on that side of the pitch. Bastoni could be tempted to move to the Premier League in January or next summer.
Spurs have several world-class finishers but not as many top quality creators. Conte’s side have failed to create enough chances in recent weeks, and need an individual capable of feeding Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Richarlison.
Leicester star James Maddison is capable of stepping up to a top six side having impressed for a struggling Leicester team this season. The playmaker has perhaps outgrown the Foxes and is due a big transfer.
Arsenal reportedly showed an interest in Maddison during the summer, but did not make a bid. Spurs’ North London rivals instead preferred a move for Portuguese youngster Fabio Vieira.
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That could open the door for Spurs to pursue Maddison. The 25-year-old, who has scored five goals and provided two assists for bottom-placed Leicester, could see a big-six transfer as a chance to earn international recognition.
Spurs have a long-standing interest in American midfielder Weston McKennie. The Juventus ace was linked with a move in the summer but one did not materialise.
Conte ultimately signed Yves Bissouma from Brighton but has not seemed too convinced by the Malian. Another midfielder could therefore be signed, with McKennie likely to be top of Spurs’ targets for the position.