Football Season Guide

Tottenham Hotspur


Richarlison (att) Everton; Yves Bissouma (mid) Brighton; Djed Spence (def) Middlesbrough; Ivan Perisic (att) free transfer; Fraser Forster (gk) free transfer; Clement Lenglet (def) Barcelona – on loan; Pape Matar Sarr (mid) Metz – end of loan; Tanguy Ndombélé (mid) Lyon – end of loan; Bryan Gil (att) Valencia – end of loan; Giovani Lo Celso (mid) Villarreal – end of loan; Alfie Whiteman (gk) Degerfors – end of loan


Steven Bergwijn (att) Ajax; Cameron Carter-Vickers (def) Celtic; Jack Clarke (att) Sunderland; Joe Rodon (def) Stade Rennais - on loan

Spurs’ slow start to the season forced the club to part ways with Nuno and appoint Antonio Conte as their new coach last November. The Italian tactician performed miracles at Spurs, leading them to a top-four finish which secured them Champions League football for this season. Conte asked for reinforcements and the club strengthened all the team’s lines with the signings of versatile forward Richarlison, solid midfielder Yves Bissouma, prodigious right-back Djed Spence, experienced winger Ivan Perisic, backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster and left-footed centre-back Clement Lenglet. Adding to the mix the winter signings of Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus, Conte now has a complete squad to choose from ahead of a season where the team will be called to participate in four tournaments. If anything, Spurs received a huge boost in the summer transfer window. Spurs boast one of the finest attacking partnerships in European football, as Harry Kane and the still-underrated Heung-min Son scored a combined 40 Premier League goals last season – which is more than half of Spurs’ goals. Their main weakness could potentially be Conte’s struggles when he has to manage a team which competes every three days, as will be the case this season. Let’s not forget that Spurs were already eliminated from the Conference League by January last season.


Securing a top-four spot will be Conte’s main goal for next season. Spurs have a strong squad but it is highly doubtful whether they have what it takes to break the Manchester City-Liverpool duopoly.