Premier League managerial departures so far this season
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Tottenham have been tipped to make a move for Dusan Vlahovic and Franck Kessie when the transfer window opens once again in January. Spurs are looking to get their season back on track under new boss Antonio Conte after dropping to ninth in the Premier League table.
Conte oversaw his first game as Spurs boss on Sunday as the north Londoners held Everton to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.
That result meant Tottenham have only won two of their last eight top-flight games.
Conte is regarded as one of the best managers in Europe and will be hoping he can lead his team to European qualification this season.
And Express Sport takes a look at Tottenham’s frightening XI if Dusan Vlahovic and Franck Kessie join the club.
Goalkeeper – Lloris
Hugo Lloris has played nearly 400 games for Tottenham since moving to the capital from Lyon in 2012.
The France international hasn’t always produced his best form for his club, but has an experienced head on his shoulder and is a World Cup winner.
Conte would keep Lloris in between the posts to give his side a solid platform.
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Defenders – Sanchez, Dier, Romero
Conte likes to use a 3-4-3 formation and will be relying on his defenders to keep things tight at the back during the second half of the campaign.
All of Spurs’ defenders have looked shaky at times this season but they were more solid as a back three at the weekend.
Davidson Sanchez was named on the bench for the clash with Everton but has put in a number of impressive displays this season.
And the Colombia international could soon line-up alongside Eric Dier and Cristian Romero in the backline.
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Midfielders – Royal, Kessie, Hojbjerg, Reguilon
Emerson Royal and Sergio Reguilon now find themselves being asked to play in the wing-back roles, rather than the full-back positions they were accustomed to under previous boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
And they would keep their places as long as they can show they are effective in both boxes over the coming weeks.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been a standout performer for Spurts for some time and would still have the essential role of protecting the back four.
He could line-up alongside new signing Kessie at the heart of the Spurs side.
Conte has been a big admirer of Kessie for a while and could finally land the midfielder for a cut-price fee in January as the player’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.
Forwards – Vlahovic, Kane, Son
Vlahovic was heavily linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, and the striker could finally make the leap now Conte has arrived at the club.
The Fiorentina forward would need to keep up his productive output in England if he does make the move to north London.
He has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances this season and could be the answer to Spurs’ drought in front of goal.
The Serbia international may have to play in a wider role than he is used to in Conte’s system, with Harry Kane leading the line.
Kane is under pressure to find his scoring boots and return to the form which saw him almost complete a £150million move to Manchester City in the summer. But the striker could excel with Vlahovic next to him.
Son Heung-min would start on the left of a front three capable of causing nightmares for even the best top-flight defences.
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