Antonio Conte’s bold new Tottenham XIs with Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic and Richarlison

Antonio Conte has revitalised Tottenham since he was appointed by the club back in November – and the highly-rated Italian has wasted no time in bolstering his squad after steering the Londoners back into the Champions League.

After pipping Arsenal to a top-four finish, Spurs are in a position to push on under Conte and challenge for major honours again. The former Chelsea man has already made some astute signings in the early weeks of the summer transfer window in the form of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma, with more new faces set to follow.

With the likes of Richarlison and Djed Spence also reportedly on the Italian’s radar, Spurs could start the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a very different team to the one that finished last season – and Conte should have no shortage of different formations or personnel to call upon.

With Perisic now on board, Conte now has an elite wing-back who is the perfect fit for the 3-4-3 formation that the 52-year-old has deployed since his arrival in north London. The ex-Inter Milan star would slot in nicely on the left to compete with Ryan Sessegnon, who has seemingly nudged ahead of Sergio Reguilon in the pecking order.

Matt Doherty’s surprise switch to Tottenham hasn’t really worked out, but the Irishman enjoyed a mini-renaissance in the final weeks of the season under Conte.

However, if Spurs can, as expected, strike a deal with Middlesbrough in the coming weeks for Spence, then there’s every chance that the Londoners will start the new campaign with two fresh faces marauding down the flanks.

Join the debate! How would you like to see Tottenham line up next season? Let us know here.





Tottenham could start the season with two new wing-backs in the form of Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence


Tottenham could start the season with two new wing-backs in the form of Ivan Perisic and Djed Spence

Although Perisic has starred in a wing-back role in Italy, the Croatian international is more than comfortable being utilised further up the pitch and could even be utilised in an advanced role to accommodate both him and Sessegnon in the same side if the former Fulham youngster can maintain the impressive form he showcased at the end of last season.

The capture of Bissouma gives Conte a wealth of options to rotate with in the centre of the park. With Spurs usually tending to deploy two central midfielders ahead of their back three, the Mali enforcer will compete for a spot with talented youngster Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and January recruit Rodrigo Bentancur, who has already made a huge impression since his £20million switch from Juventus.

Given Bentancur’s stunning impact in the final weeks of the season, it seems likely that the Uruguayan maestro will start the new campaign alongside Bissouma or Hojbjerg – but rotation will be key in the middle of the park if Spurs and Conte are to challenge on four fronts next year.





Perisic could even be used in an attacking role


Perisic could even be used in a more advanced role

The main dilemma now for Tottenham is up front, with Conte eager to source an adequate deputy for his talisman, Harry Kane. But enticing someone to the club to effectively play second fiddle down the middle is a tough ask.

With his ability to play anywhere across the front three, Richarlison could be the ideal solution for Spurs.

The Brazilian ace has netted 43 league goals for Everton from a variety of positions across the frontline over the past four seasons and would beef up Conte’s attacking options if a deal can be struck.





Richarlison would add some much-needed depth to Tottenham's attacking options


Richarlison would add some much-needed depth to Tottenham’s attacking options

Richarlison’s versatility makes him an attractive proposition for Conte, as he could, effectively, challenge the likes of Heung Min-Son and Dejan Kulusevski for a spot alongside Kane in a wide attacking role, as well as providing much-needed backup for Tottenham’s talisman.

The 25-year-old could also pair up alongside Kane or Son if Conte does opt to deploy a front two or if Spurs need to chase a game at any point this season.

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