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Report: Antonio Conte believes AC Milan target can be the backbone for Tottenham midfield
By Eddie Razo -

Many wonder how manager Antonio Conte can fix the Tottenham Hotspur striker group. Harry Kane has one goal in Premier League competition this season, and there’s also the possibility that the 28-year-old continues with his request to depart the north London-based club. 

However, the midfield is another position that needs to be reshaped over the next couple of transfer windows.

The Daily Star reports that AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessié, whose deal runs out in June, is Conte’s favorite to be the backbone of the midfielder and add some toughness to the squad. 

Spurs did begin addressing their issues at midfield when they brought in Pape Matar Sarr from FC Metz. Nonetheless, Conte wants to find the spine to his midfield, and he could be heading to Italy to find it. 

Kessié is a versatile midfielder who can play either the central or defensive position. 

This season, 12 of his 17 appearances have come as a defensive midfielder, which gives the 24-year-old the qualities to be the backbone of a midfield that Conte desires at Tottenham. 

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England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

An attacking creative player would be my choice for the next signing, and Saint-Maximin would be the one.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
1 month ago

I would have thought that there are other priorities, particularly an attacking midfield player who can score goals and a back up to Kane. Kessie might be a cheap addition as he would be on a free but as others have already pointed out we have Skipp and Hjojberg.

Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Plus we badly need another option at right wing back so we can ship out Doherty!

Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  Tangangry

The right wingbdck is fine in the short term. Why spend money there. Shipping Doherty solves nothing as we would not find any one of superior quality to him in the window. Royal is a mainstay and Tanganga can cover for him. Romero is going to come back therefore Tanganga will not have a slot as Sanchez would be ahead of him. The only reservation in not replacing Dohety is if we would still be in all competitions and chasing top 4. Otherwise, we badly need a versatile #10 in the window who can cover Kane add some creativity if starting with Kane, can drop deeper and give some support at the 8 spot. The system right now dictate our needs and while there are no true #8 and you are not going to get one in January, we keep plugging away with what we have until the summer. The way Conte sets the team up. We just need to be a little bit more solid with the press. The gap between the forwards and the mids are too wide. So it seems like we are half instead of full press with the front 3 chasing ghosts. There 3 teams you half press, Chelsea, Liverpool and ManCity just to disrupt. They will pick you apart if you high press. All others we can be up on them in their half.

Last edited 1 month ago by Len
Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

I could find someone of superior quality to Doherty over at my local park.

Tanganga is limited as a wing back, and the position is so critical to Conte’s system that Royal needs proper cover, and of enough quality to actually be in contention to be the first choice rather than the cover.

But yes, another striker is even more important as we literally have one player for the role and he cant be arsed anymore. The only problem there is buying quality strikers is not really a January kind of thing, hopefully we can find someone experienced who wants a bit of game time to come on loan.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tangangry
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
Archibald&Crooks (SnideChump)
1 month ago

Kessie should be a priority although I’m a bit concerned about his defensive 12/17 games we need a creator and have Skipp & Hojbjerg already.

Tangangry
Tangangry
1 month ago

Bearing in mind Hoj and Skipp are doing alright and we have Sarr coming in the summer I’d say its 50 million quid better spent elsewhere.

Ed Rios
Ed Rios
1 month ago
Reply to  Tangangry

A massive upgrade on Hoj, big, strong, quick, technically very good, and can run all day.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Rios

You can’t have enough quality central mids – should be 4 picks for 2 starting spots in the middle. Get this one in and off goes Winks.

We’ve proven you can have too many ineffective attacking mids mind.

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Ed Rios

Hoj looks knackered but gives his all and is as good a DM as you will find outside of Kante- Kessie will do well to be a massive upgrade. Fingers crossed though if we get him.

Stocky
Stocky
1 month ago

Give the dynamic duo conte and paratici what they need /want in January if he can get a tune out of players we currently have imagine having his own players too we could end up serious this season

Len
Len
1 month ago
Reply to  Stocky

Not sure what his own players means. He is a great manager and he is working miracle with what he has. That is how you earn you salt, not talking about loss cause and wait for the window. He pull his bif boys pants up and get to work. He earned my respect because I know at the end od this season. The world will be looking at Tottenham in a better light if not we win one of those trophies up for grabs. That is the kind of building I see from Conte with the squad. Half the battle is believe and it seems like it is coming.

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  Len

The difference in passion that Conte brings has turned the atmosphere at the club around. He deserves new players on account of how he is getting results with this squad. He acknowledged that we are nowhere near his level of expectation in the interviews afterwards and Norwich could easily have gotten 1 or even 3 points with half-decent finishing. I am loving Tony!

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago
Reply to  Sonificent

Exactly. The passion thing might wear off in time but if we provide oxygen to the squad by replacing a few players every now and then, it might work.

Poch ended up failing because he was still saying the same things to the same bunch of knackered players. A recipe for disaster.

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