Squad depth is not enough for Antonio Conte
In many press conferences last season, Antonio Conte made it clear Tottenham needed to invest heavily if they were to challenge for trophies.
In Conte’s defense, he has also said it is nearly impossible to become challengers in one or two transfer windows and that this would be a long-term project.
But that statement is confusing as he has often deflected questions about his future at Tottenham. Evidence suggests he usually doesn’t stay longer than a couple of seasons at any given club.
This form of indirectly speaking to the board and Daniel Levy is something that Spurs fans have become accustomed to.
Regardless, Spurs brought in seven new players last summer, and whether or not they had Conte’s seal of approval, Spurs invested in the squad.
That list of newbies included Richarlison and Yves Bissouma, both of whom touted as some of the best players outside of the top six. Ironically, backup goalkeeper Fraser Forster (who joined on a free transfer) may be the best signing Tottenham Hotspur made over the summer.
Despite the new signings, Conte has stuck with the same starting 11 for most of the season, which only features one summer signing, Ivan Perisic.
The only way for the new signings/youngsters to get a look in the side is by injuries or suspensions (see Oliver Skipp and Pape Matar Sarr), a frustrating development when the first 11 isn’t consistently performing.
Heung-min Son has looked wide of the mark this season, but Conte has kept picking him instead of giving Richarlison a run of games in his preferred position (center forward) or Arnaut Danjuma a chance.