Antonio Conte has handed scathing judgement on Tottenham’s current historical past within the switch market, saying they made “big mistakes” they can not afford to repeat after the membership offloaded 4 high-profile gamers on switch deadline day. Club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele, who price £55 million ($74 million) in 2019, returned to Lyon on mortgage whereas fellow midfielder Giovani Lo Celso headed to Villarreal for the remainder of the season. Spain winger Bryan Gil, who solely signed for Spurs in July, went to Valencia on mortgage and Dele Alli signed for Everton on an preliminary free switch, with add-ons that might go as much as £40 million.
Tottenham supervisor Conte, who was appointed in November, stated the departures confirmed Spurs had beforehand made errors within the switch market.
“It was strange because it means something went wrong in the past,” he stated on Friday. “It was strange, I repeat in January to send four on loan (including Jack Clarke to Sunderland), and sell one player.
“It means maybe in the past you have to see what you did. And maybe to understand that there were some mistakes in the past.”
The Italian said Tottenham must pay more attention in the future when it came to new signings to close the gap to their Premier League rivals.
“It becomes of fundamental importance,” he stated. “Otherwise, when you try to improve the quality of your team, you drop the quality of your team.
“We know very well there are many teams ahead of us. To catch up with them we need time and patience to work hard. Especially in the transfer market, we have to make not big mistakes.”
He used the arrival of Gil as an example of a misjudged signing, saying the 20-year-old, although talented, did not fit the profile of a Premier League player.
“In this moment, for sure this league is very tough,” he stated. “This league is different. If you compare this league with other leagues, you play another sport here.
“For this reason when you go to sign a new player, you have to consider many aspects. Not only one aspect, if he shoots well or makes an assist — you have to consider a lot of situations because this league is very difficult.”
Spurs were able to bring in Juventus pair Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur at the end of the transfer window and Conte said they would improve his squad.
They will both be involved against Brighton in Saturday’s FA Cup tie, but will not start.
“For sure, the squad is now more complete,” Conte stated. “We tried to fill the precise function with one midfielder in Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski can play as a No. 10 and in addition he can play as a wing-back. “