The Tottenham squad overhaul that Mauricio Pochettino wanted puts Antonio Conte in a difficult position

With Dele Alli set to leave on deadline day, Tottenham have just four players left from the roster that started the 2019 Champions League final, but that has created a problem for Conte.

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Tottenham’s late squad overhaul has left Antonio Conte in a difficult position, with the January transfer window closing within hours.

Former boss Mauricio Pochettino has continually called on the club’s hierarchy to revamp his squad during the final stages of his tenure in charge.

For the most part, these calls went unheeded by Daniel Levy and the rest of his team, with the team stagnating as a result, leading to a drop in performance.

With Conte pushing for an overhaul to take place since being named Nuno Espirito Santo’s replacement as manager, Levy is finally listening.

Major progress was made this month in giving the Spurs squad a much-needed facelift, although it left Conte short of numbers.

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Dele Alli appears to be the fifth player to leave the club this month, with Everton closing in on completing a free transfer to Everton.

When Alli completes this planned move to Goodison Park, there will be just four players left from the 11 who started the 2019 Champions League final for Spurs.

Hugo Lloris, Harry Winks, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son will be the last survivors of this team.

After that match, won by Liverpool, Pochettino called on Levy to begin a ruthless rebuild to keep the club’s momentum going.

“When you talk about Tottenham everyone says you have an amazing house but you have to put the furniture in,” Pochettino said after the Madrid loss.

“If you want to have a nice house, maybe you need better furniture, and it depends on your budget if you’re going to spend the money.

“We have to be respectful with teams like Manchester City or Liverpool spending a lot of money. We’re brave, we’re smart, we’re creative.

“Now it’s about creating another chapter and having a clear idea of ​​how we are going to build this new project. We have to rebuild. It’s gonna be painful. »

Mauricio Pochettino has frequently called for an all-around team in the later stages of his reign at Tottenham


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Pochettino’s prediction that it would be “painful” turned out to be correct, but more so for the time it took them.

Kieran Trippier was an immediate victim, joining Atletico Madrid for £20million in the summer of 2019.

But it took six months for the next player to leave, with Christien Eriksen completing his move to Inter Milan in January 2020.

Eriksen was followed by Jan Vertonghan, but his free transfer to Benfica took another six months to happen.

The rest of the release has come this season, with Toby Alderweireld moving to Qatar, while Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko both joined Watford in the summer.

Dele Alli appears to be the latest to leave Spurs



The length of time it took for a rebuild to be underway was infuriating and left Conte facing a difficult second half of the campaign.

Alli will soon join Jack Clarke, Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil and Giovanni Lo Celso in leaving this month.

But there are few signs of a plan to replace them, with Spurs now scrambling to replace the players they have allowed to leave.

With Spurs still in contention for a top-four spot, that’s not the status Conte will want his side heading into four crucial months.

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