Ever since club captain Hugo Lloris arrived at the club, Tottenham fans have mostly felt safe in the knowledge their net is secure. Lloris, a veteran with a FIFA World Cup to his name, is one of the most well-regarded keepers of his generation. The fact Spurs were able to keep him for so long is both a surprise and a credit to the club. However, it looks like Antonio Conte is keen to swing the axe and chop major parts of the squad up as he looks to rebuild Spurs in his own image.
The Italian is known for being an active transfer dealer, and his partnership with Fabio Paratici offers him unique power at Spurs. Most other coaches in recent times could never have called for Lloris to be moved on; Conte, though, has that sway. With the veteran out of contract in 2022, it is expected that the club will finally move on from the former Lyon man.
In his place, it is expected the club will look to make a deal with Jordan Pickford. The England No. 1 would be available for transfer as Everton look to try and trade at a profit. With the Toffees watching their season melt away under the controversial Rafa Benitez, they might look to move on Pickford – and he would be the ideal kind of shot-stopper for a Conte side.
His aggressive nature and his commanding presence make him an excellent choice for Spurs in the future. Other names include Sam Johnstone, the West Bromwich Albion keeper, and the far more ambitious target of Jan Oblak. While the latter would be among as big a coup as landing Conte himself was, it is believed that any move for the Slovenian is highly unlikely.
Conte keen to move on from squad players
Another player who has been linked with the exit at Spurs is that of Steven Bergwijn. The Dutch international arrived at Spurs in a blaze of glory, scoring a stunning goal against Manchester City. Since then, though, poor form and injury have seen the player more or less fall out of the rotation entirely.
The winger has struggled to make a big impression on his new coach, and reports suggest that Conte has barely made an effort to integrate the player. So keen is the Italian to move the player on, that a wage-saving loan to former club Ajax could be arranged as early as the January window.
Insider reports at Spurs suggest Conte has barely spoken to the player, and is keen to make it clear that he is not likely to stick around. Other players who are expected to move in the January window include the likes of Harry Winks, who is keen to start afresh having fallen out of favour since the Mauricio Pochettino era ended.
Conte, then, looks set to start building Spurs in a whole new look and image. The Italian was brought in with the remit of transforming the ailing club; it looks like he will be given the power to do as he wishes.