In just under two months, Antonio Conte will enter his first transfer window with Tottenham and Graham Roberts and Glenn Hoddle have had their say on what Daniel Levy needs to do.
Conte has only been in the capital for a few weeks and has already won one and drawn one of his opening two fixtures with the Lilywhites.
Coming in mid-way through the season isn’t easy for any manager, as the Italian will now have to figure out his strongest squad and best set-up, whilst continuing to play matches.
Spurs are currently ninth in the league, after winning five drawing one and losing five of their opening games and improvements need to be made for them to make a step-up.
After a mixed international break, with a number of goals but also a couple of injuries, Conte will be hoping for success as he continues to work with his new squad.
There are a number of positions with plenty of options and also many players still looking to get their chance to prove themselves as worthy in the 52-year-old’s starting XI.
There is no better opportunity to impress a new manager than in his first few weeks in charge and whoever fails to do so, may be in danger in the upcoming transfer window.
Already being linked with a number of players, it remains to be seen how much money Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici make available for the manager to do business with.
In a best case scenario, Conte will bring some fresh faces to N17 but will also likely want to clear out a couple of players who he doesn’t feel have the quality or attitude required for the successful side he is trying to create.
Two Tottenham legends, Hoddle and Roberts, have had their say on what they believe needs to be done, come January.
“We’ve [Tottenham] got one of the best coaches in the world now,” Roberts told This is Futbol.
“But if you don’t back him, where do you go? So I’m guessing he’s got assurances that they will spend money and hopefully he gets the players he wants and [Fabio] Paratici wants.”
Roberts makes a valid point as it wouldn’t seem likely that a serial winning manager like Conte would agree to come to Spurs without having some sort of conversation regarding transfers. However, only time will tell what business the Italian is given the freedom to do.
After links with Conte during the summer, before Nuno Espirito Santo made the move to the capital, Tottenham finally got their number one choice of manager once the Portuguese head coach had been sacked.
“I think the appointment was as best as Daniel [Levy] could have made at that time,” Hoddle admitted, via the Independent.ie.
“Out of anyone out there, I don’t think you could have picked anyone better if Daniel’s attitude has slightly changed now. It must have changed from when he went for him in the summer.
“I think there’s a lot of positives here. He is somebody that knows what he wants from a team. He will demand that and he will demand money if it’s not working his way,” he added.
Hoddle’s point has already been shown through the regimented structure and tough training Conte has already put his new players through.
“I think they’re in a really strong position if Daniel knows the circumstances and Conte says, ‘Look, if it doesn’t work out with certain players, they’ve got to go. I’ll rebuild. And I’ve done it with other clubs and have been successful’.”
“And I think Daniel’s got to buy into that now. If that’s the case, then yes, we’ve got the right jockey on the horse,” Hoddle admitted.
A key factor of the Italian coming in to manage the north London side is the people above putting trust in him and allowing him to make the changes he feels are needed.
The January transfer window is known for being harder to do business in but that is not to say that no incomings or outgoings can be done and once Conte has had more time to work with his team, he will have a better idea of what needs to be done.
Hoddle knows all too well about the frustration of being a manager and missing out on players or not doing business you believe needs to be done, which the ex-Spurs boss revealed in his new autobiography, ‘Playmaker’.
“It’s disappointing because you’ve got a goal, you’ve got a vision of where you want to take your team,” he explained.
“There wasn’t the finances at the club at the time. There was too much politics going on behind the scenes.”
For now, Conte has to work with the squad he has, try and improve those players to try and create a team that can get results and succeed in both the Premier League and the other competitions they are still in.