Tottenham 2022-23 season preview: Optimism soars after transfer rush as Spurs aim for new heights under Conte

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Tottenham 2022-23 season preview: Optimism soars after transfer rush as Spurs aim for new heights under Conte
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A lot has changed in the course of 11 weeks at Tottenham. Antonio Conte agreed to stay for another season and has been rewarded with six new signings, leading to soaring optimism among fans.

Harry Kane is open to a new deal, and managing director Fabio Paratici has been busy restructuring the recruitment and scouting teams.

Conte has a new coach in set-piece specialist Gianni Vio and Yaya Toure has joined the academy staff full-time.

So what does the 2022-23 Premier League campaign hold in store for Spurs? Standard Sport’s Dan Kilpatrick provides the lowdown.

How have they done in the window?

Spurs have signed Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence, dramatically increasing Conte's options. Spence - who Conte has labelled a club signing - is the only new addition who lacks top-level experience.

There is still work to do and a perfect window needs a creative attacking player and probably another new centre-half, particularly after Joe Rodon left on loan. Shifting other unwanted players is proving altogether harder, with Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Harry Winks all transfer listed.

 (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Tactic to look out for

Conte has said he wants to convert Lucas Moura into a right wing-back, which would be intriguing. More generally, look out for Kane playing the wing-backs through on goal. Last season, Reguilon missed chance after chance from the England captain's passes but Perisic will surely be less wasteful.

Breakthrough star

He's already broken through but how much better can Dejan Kulusevski get? Still just 22, the Swede took to the Premier League like a duck to water last term and, like the rest of the squad, should benefit from a full pre-season under Conte. 'Deki' faces new competition from Richarlison but the third forward spot is his to lose.

Is the manager under pressure?

Not in the slightest. Conte has got the fanbase and seemingly the club eating out of his hand and hanging on his every word. That said, he has been backed in the transfer market, with Daniel Levy changing his usual approach to windows, so the chairman will expect results.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Success would be

A trophy. Conte will be expected to qualify for the Champions League again but a truly successful season will probably require a first piece of silverware since 2008. Closing the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool in the league will surely be too big an ask, so the three cup competitions are especially important.

Failure would be

Failing to win a trophy and being involved in another scrap for fourth place would likely count as a failure, given Conte has made it clear he has much greater ambitions than simply qualifying for the Champions League every year.

Player of the year will be

Kane. It is difficult to predict the impact of a mid-season World Cup on the England captain but Kane has looked razor sharp in pre-season. He was peerless at times last season, notably in the 3-2 win at City, and it was easy to forget that he did not really get going until December.

With a full summer with Conte under his belt, he will be aiming to reach new heights again.

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