Antonio Conte has admitted he will need signings in the January transfer market to improve the quality in the Tottenham squad.
Spurs’ prospects have improved with Conte’s arrival, sitting five points off the Champions League qualification spots, though as shown in the disappointing Europa Conference League defeats to Vitesse Arnham and Mura, the depth in the squad is suspect.
Speaking before Tottenham’s clash with Watford on Saturday, Conte said: “After only two weeks I said we needed to improve the quality of this squad and for sure we need to. I was sure after seven to 10 days about this and then I had to make the evaluation over who I can count on and who I can’t.”
The Italian also gave differing insights on the futures of Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks.
Ndombele, the club’s record signing, has been used sparingly in recent months, while Winks has forced his way back into the starting XI with some good performances against Liverpool and Southampton.
Asked about Ndombele’s role in the squad, Conte bluntly said: “He’s a midfielder.
“But I repeat before to speak about the transfer market, it’s better for me and the club to speak together and then we’ll have the situation more clearer than now. To speak about players now whether they can come or go is not right and it’s not honest.”
On Winks, he added: “Winksy is playing well. Winsky showed to be a really able player. For this reason, Winks will stay here. I’m finding out which players are reliable and I can count on them. Winksy showed me I can count on him.”
Spurs could close the gap on fourth placed Arsenal to two points if Manchester City beat the Gunners and they then beat Watford later on Saturday.