Conte needs four buys after doing what ‘no other boss could have’

Date published: Monday 24th January 2022 9:50 - Matthew Stead

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks

Antonio Conte has received more support for his continuing claims that Tottenham have to invest in the transfer market.

Tottenham suffered their first Premier League defeat of Conte’s reign against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to leave them 7th in the Premier League table, albeit with at least one game in hand on each of the teams above them.

Conte referenced how it was their third defeat to his former side in the space of 18 days following losses in both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final, with the Italian discussing transfers once more.

That has been one of the 52-year-old’s main topics of conversation since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo but Tottenham have yet to make a move in the January transfer window.

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“This is not the right moment to speak, the club know very well what I think,” he said.

“There is not one transfer market to close the gap. In the last few years, this gap became very big and now it is not simple to find a solution in a short time.

“I am only focused to work until the end, we have four months to try and give everything, but if we think we solve the situation with the transfer market, it is not the reality. You need many years, but for sure we have to start.”

Jamie Redknapp fears that Conte could “leave” if he does not feel as though he is being backed.

“He needs players,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “When he came in after Nuno, there must have been some dialogue between him and Daniel Levy about the players he needs.

“He’s now had a couple of months to look at the squad and he’s done a great job getting them into this position.

“There’s a massive gulf between Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool and the rest. But Tottenham are so close to getting top four, which no other manager could have done, but he needs backing. He needs to get players in quickly – two, three, four players in the window and he’s got nine days to do it.

“Daniel Levy is a difficult man to deal with, but if you don’t back [Conte] – looking at his history at Inter Milan – I think he’ll leave the club because you can’t promise and not deliver.

“Tottenham fans must be so frustrated because every year, they watch their team and everything is great with the stadium and training ground – but the team needs a bit of help right now.

“So back him, give him what he needs.”

Roy Keane echoed the sentiment.

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