Tottenham boss Conte responds to Richarlison's explosive interview
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Luis Enrique is reportedly interested in replacing Antonio Conte as Tottenham Hotspur head coach this summer. The Italian isn’t expected to extend his contract in north London beyond July, leaving Spurs on the hunt for their latest replacement in the dug-out.
Enrique could be next to enter the hot seat after stepping down from his duty as Spain manager after a disappointing 2022 World Cup.
Any arriving coach will be tasked with ending Tottenham’s trophy drought, something even prolific winners like Jose Mourinho and Conte have failed to do.
But the Lilywhites could hand Enrique a transfer war chest in his first summer at the club, helping him recruit four former players to bolster the squad.
Express Sport explores how Spurs could line up with the 52-year-old at the helm…
Goalkeeper – Raya
Now 36 and with mistakes becoming more frequent, Hugo Lloris’ best years could be behind him. Brentford’s David Raya looks set to be available this summer.
The Spaniard is comfortable with the ball at his feet, crucial for an Enrique side, and has proven to be one of the league’s top shot-stoppers.
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Defence – Porro, Romero, Laporte, Sessegnon
Tottenham will trigger their obligation to buy Pedro Porro for £39million at the end of the season.
He would likely be Enrique’s first-choice right-back, with Ryan Sessegnon on the left.
Given he would abandon Conte’s three-at-the-back system, there would likely be no room for Ivan Perisic in defence.
Tottenham could target Aymeric Laporte from Manchester City to partner Cristian Romero in the heart of the defence.
The Spaniard is reportedly considering his future, and the chance to link up with his former international boss may entice him.
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Midfield – Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Fabian
Enrique would likely incorporate a midfield three for his possession-based style, including a new signing.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg could be the holding player, with Rodrigo Bentancur in a more advanced role on the right of him.
On the left, Fabian Ruiz could be interested in reuniting with the coach who handed him his Spain debut.
The 26-year-old only joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer, but the Ligue 1 giants have an overcrowded midfield department and could welcome the chance to cut their wage bill.
Attack – Kulusevski, Son, Kane
Enrique could also reignite Tottenham’s interest in Wolves’ Adama Traore after utilising him for the Spain national team.
However, the powerful winger’s primary role would likely be an impact substitute, given the attacking talent at Conte’s current disposal.
Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane are bound to remain Spurs’ first-choice front three next season.
Richarlison also offers another option, but Traore’s addition would bring something else to the table entirely.
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