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How Antonio Conte Can Help Harry Winks

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So, throughout Conte’s very successful managerial career, it is well known that he always manages to turn out of favour players into stars. At Juventus Conte was able to help Pogba, who was in Manchester United’s reserves and made him a top midfielder and Juventus managed to sell the Frenchman for £90m. An £89.5m profit for Juventus.

With the Italy national team he did it with Emmanuele Giaccherini, who was at the time not playing his best football at a relegation battling Sunderland but Conte still took the playmaker to Euro 2016 and turned out to be one of his best players.

At Chelsea Conte managed to get Victor Moses to play his best football, playing right wing back and famously won the 2016/17 Premier League. Also most recently at Inter he helped Matteo Darmian and Romelu Lukaku, who both had very little to no opportunity at Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s arrival in December 2018. Lukaku has always been a top level striker but his level dropped at United, which saw the Beligian international join Conte’s Inter Milan. Since then in 2 seasons Lukaku formed a deadly strike duo with Lautaro Martinez which won Inter the Italian Serie A. Lukaku is now at Champions League winners Chelsea where he signed in excess £100m.

At Tottenham there are a few players I think Antonio Conte has the potential to turn around onto the right track. I think these players include Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty (2 wing backs who could definitely suit Conte’s 3 at the back set up), and obviously Harry Winks himself. From the years of 2016 to 2018 you could see how confident Harry Winks was. The former England international was an exceptionally good ball carrier, had a brilliant pass on him, impressive dribbler of the ball and was a surprisingly pacey player for a central midfielder. If Harry Winks can regain these abilities, he can definitely suit Conte’s team perfectly and become an important player again.

On Thursday night against Vitesse on Antonio Conte’s Tottenham debut in the UEFA Europa Conference League, Winks got substituted onto the field in the 73rd minute and was really impressive. He carried the ball well, made decisive passes and looked confident. Albeit was only 20 minutes vs Vitesse, but that could’ve helped his confidence massively. Which the 25 year old needs badly.

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