HARRY WINS seems to have saved his Tottenham career.
Midfielder, who is likely to leave the club under previous owner Nuno Espirito Santo, has been hailed as a reliable Mr by new coach Antonio Conte, who insists the rejuvenated star will now stay at N17.
But the Spurs head is not too hasty about Tanguy Ndombele.
When asked during the press conference what role the Frenchman saw in his squad, Conte bluntly replied: “He’s a midfielder. I think… he is a midfielder. ”
Roaring! It was another blow to the record £65m buy of Ndombele, who has been largely unnoticed since Conte’s arrival almost two months ago.
He can do with taking a leaf out of Winks’ book.
The product of the homegrown academy has gone from the cold to become one of the spearheads of Tottenham in recent matches.
Conte said: “Winksy is playing well. And Winks has shown to be a reliable player. And for this reason, Winksy will stay here.
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“I found reliable players, and then I could count on them and Winksy showed me that I could count on him.”
Conte’s comments make it clear he doesn’t think he can rely on Ndombele.
Last month, the Italian said that the former Lyon player needed to learn how to be a team player.
Asked if Ndombele was doing this, Conte said: “I give equal attention to all my players. In each training session, I pay close attention to each player.
“My focus is not just on 12 or 13 or 14 players, on the whole team. And then there are players who understand very well, while other players need more time or find it difficult to understand in certain situations.”
Tottenham will travel to Watford on Saturday without the injured Cristian Romero, Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Steven Bergwijn.
But striker Harry Kane will lead again when he scored in his fourth consecutive Premier League game.
Conte said: “Harry is in good form and you can see that he is playing very well. He is ready to play against Watford.
“Also because we had three or four days after the last game against Southampton so for this reason we have had time to recover, rest, train and be ready to play against Watford.”
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, whose contract expires in the summer, will be allowed to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club when the transfer window reopens this weekend.
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But Conte believes the French captain wants to stay at Spurs and will sign a new agreement with them.
“For sure, he will talk to the club, to try to find a solution,” Conte said.
“Am I confident that he wants to stay?
“I think so, I think so. I think Hugo wants to stay at this club, he loves this club, he stays well at Tottenham. I think this might be his opinion.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4366720/conte-ndombele-blunt-winks-praise-tottenham/ Antonio Conte admits he doesn’t know where Tanguy Ndombele plays but insists Harry Winks will stay at Tottenham