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'Top player': De Zerbi praises Spurs 27-year-old who Conte's only ever picked six times
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'Top player': De Zerbi praises Spurs 27-year-old who Conte's only ever picked six times

Tottenham take on Brighton this weekend in a big top four clash and Seagulls coach, Roberto de Zerbi, has praised the depth of Spurs’ squad.

Despite losing against Arsenal last weekend, that is the only time Antonio Conte has seen his side lose all season in the Premier League. Of course, Spurs did lose out to Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, but they’ve also beaten Marseille and drawn with Frankfurt.

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Der Zerbi, meanwhile, has made an impressive start to life in the Brighton dugout. Graham Potter’s replacement is a relative unknown on English shores. However, he clearly knows his onions, and he’s picked up on Spurs’ strength in depth thanks to players like Richarlison and Clement Lenglet being added in the summer.

“The squad is better than one or two years ago. If he doesn’t play Kulusveski, he plays Richarlison, if he doesn’t play Hojbjerg or Bentancaur, he can play Bissouma. Defensively, Lenglet isn’t playing every game and he is a top player,” De Zerbi told The Athletic.

“Tottenham are a good team, not only the first 11 but 20 or 22 players.”

TBR’s View: Clement Lenglet Being Praised Is Justified

Despite only being selected six times by Conte this season, Lenglet has started to feature more recently. He’s started three of the last four PL games, as well as both CL games which have seen Spurs keep clean sheets.

His performance against Frankfurt drew praise from a certain Mr Glenn Hoddle and there are certainly building blocks in place for Lenglet at Tottenham now.

If he can keep being picked and keep putting in the performances he’s shown glimpses of, then Conte will have made a fine signing here. Lenglet was always seen as a bit of risk in some Spurs fans’ eyes, but for now, he seems the real deal.

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