Antonio Conte could unleash the English star’s full potential with the ‘perfect’ Tottenham transfer

Antonio Conte is hoping to see new arrivals at Tottenham in various positions this summer. The Italian wants at least six new names at Spurs and wants some of them to be more experienced players to continue building a squad with a strong mentality.

The Lilywhites secured Champions League football for next season after finishing fourth in the Premier League which will give them an extra boost to attract players to N17. The north London club have been linked with players around the world.

Summer free agents Fraser Forster, Christian Eriksen and Ivan Perisic have all been linked, with the former’s deal seemingly close. With Tottenham’s £150m investment from ENIC there will also be some players the club spend money on, with the likes of Alessandro Bastoni and Filip Kostic already heavily linked.

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However, if Conte looks a little closer home, he could find a player with great potential and someone who could strengthen Spurs. James Ward-Prowse is Southampton’s current captain and is known for his quality from set pieces, as Pep Guardiola has previously commented.

“She [Southampton] I have the best free-kick taker I’ve seen in my life in Ward-Prowse,” admitted the Man City manager in 2020. Earlier this year, the 27-year-old’s midfield partner Oriol Romeu was also full of praise for his Holy teammate.

“He’s an incredible player the way he works,” said Romeu. “He always finds a good option, he never gives the ball away, he works the hardest, he runs the longest. Ward-Prowse will probably be one of the most important players for this club.”

This season, the midfielder has scored 10 goals and provided five assists in his 36 Premier League appearances – an impressive feat for a struggling side. And former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara says his former club can help bring the best out of Ward-Prowse.

“I would like to see Spurs sign Perisic, who played at left-back at Inter Milan,” O’Hara told Grosvenor Sport. “I think Spurs can get him, he would be a great signing for the club.

“I would also like to see James Ward-Prowse in a Tottenham shirt. I think he’s underperforming at Southampton.

“He’s a top player: set pieces, delivery and goals. I think he would be perfect for the team, he would add a lot of quality.”

The England international could definitely bring a lot of good qualities to the Spurs side with his set-piece ability alone, something Conte’s side could improve on. However, there could be concerns that he is ‘underperforming’ at his current club; Will he produce the same quality if he makes the step up and joins Tottenham?

However, Ward-Prowse has plenty of Premier League experience which would be an added bonus for the Italian. The 27-year-old also has experience at international level, having played with the likes of Harry Kane, and O’Hara explained the need for a back-up option to the England captain.

“He [Kane] will get hurt, we know that. He never lasts a whole season. They need someone to come in,” said the ex-Spurs man.

“I’d like to say Gabriel Jesus, but will he play second fiddle to Harry Kane? I doubt it. But they need a really good, solid centre-forward who scores goals and doesn’t mind being on the bench.” .

“It’s so difficult to sign a striker for Tottenham because every single striker knows when you come to play for Tottenham you’re on the bench. You play Carabao Cup games, FA Cup games and you could feature off the bench in the Champions League.

“But Harry Kane is number one and he will always be number one, so you have to be willing to play second fiddle and that’s hard for a player when you go to a big football club to accept you” We won’t start. It’s a difficult situation for Tottenham.”

If Ward-Prowse were to join Spurs and impress Conte, he would certainly have to fight for his place in the regular XI but may not have the struggle of being on the bench every week. Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre Emile Hojbjerg have developed a good midfield partnership since the Uruguayan’s arrival and Oliver Skipp should be back in time for next season.

However, with the number of games Tottenham have, there needs to be a rotation. It might not be that easy for Spurs to get the Saints skipper if the 27-year-old was someone they wanted to target.

“He’s got four years left on his contract here, he’s happy here, he’s our captain and he’s going to stay here,” said Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl earlier this month. There have been a number of other players who have been linked with a move to Spurs and many have been linked more than Ward-Prowse, but with the summer window not even open yet, a lot could change.

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