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Antonio Conte told he already has a No. 10 at Tottenham, he's been likened to De Bruyne
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Antonio Conte told he already has a No. 10 at Tottenham, he's been likened to De Bruyne

Alasdair Gold has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte “already has” a suitable No. 10 in his ranks.

Football.london‘s Spurs reporter believes Dejan Kulusevski could fill that role for Conte.

Tottenham may have begun the season well, but at times they’ve clearly been missing a creative spark.

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Despite having several world-class attackers in their ranks, Spurs have sometimes lacked cutting edge in the final third.

Writing for football.london, Gold has backed Kulusevski to start more often.

He also mentioned how the 22-year-old told football.london in pre-season that he actually prefers to play at No. 10.

‘At a time when fans are calling for Conte to utilise a creative midfielder in his system, he already has one right there in the Sweden international,’ wrote Gold.

‘The 22-year-old has racked up 16 goal involvements in his first 24 Premier League matches – 10 assists and six goals – and that’s not to mention his involvement in the earlier parts of moves that led to goals.

‘Yet Kulusevski has found himself on the bench for the past three matches despite impressing even when he’s come off of it.

‘On Tuesday night, he immediately drove Spurs on the pitch and earned a free-kick and his marker a yellow card before setting up Richarlison with a big chance.

‘Conte can talk about rotation but leaving Kulusevski on the bench for three straight games is not rotation, it’s simply dropping a player, particularly when others have stuttered in his place.’

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‘Comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah’

Kulusevski has been a star for Tottenham since joining the club in January.

As well as being a talented player with the right attitude, he also boasts versatility.

In 2020, scouting website Breaking the Lines wrote: ‘With his combination of power, technical ability, speed, tactical intelligence, and his ability to glide through the pitch with the ball glued to his feet, Kulusevski has earned comparisons to Kevin De Bruyne and Mohammed Salah.’

Spurs will hope to get back to winning ways after their disappointment in Lisbon when they host Leicester on Saturday.

It remains to be seen who Conte plans to name in his starting XI, but Kulusevski is surely due a return.

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