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‘Imagine him and Hojbjerg’ – Conte now has a tactically reliable midfield beast who does ‘lot of dirty job’

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Antonio Conte could have a new midfield partnership at Tottenham Hotspur – a pretty formidable one at that, too.

As informs the FFC, the north London outfit made a double signing on deadline day, bringing in Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus, the latter signing in a permanent deal for an initial £15.9m, per the BBC.

In the other direction, Spurs have let three central options depart with Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso leaving on loan, whilst Dele Alli made a permanent switch to Everton.

“I will give everything I can for the shirt,” the Uruguay international claimed after he was announced as the Lilywhites’ newest player. He should quickly become a favourite for Conte…

Bentancur may not be the exciting addition that everyone was craving in N17 but he’s one that will make Spurs an even stronger outfit, especially after a glowing endorsement from The Athletic’s Serie A expert James Horncastle.

“He’ll do a lot of the dirty work that will allow Spurs’ flair players to do their best work, and certainly having a lot of blue-collar players in the Conte team – he’s always valued players like that.”

He’s a reliable and durable option in the heart of the pitch, one capable of protecting the backline efficiently. Indeed, no other player at Juventus has managed more interceptions (73) and tackles (95) combined (168) than Bentancur since the start of the 2020/21 season.

Juve legend Gigi Buffon has also waxed lyrical about the 24-year-old powerhouse in the past, claiming:

“Bentancur has something different to everyone else. He’s reliable tactically, technically and psychologically.”

Meanwhile, Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport have previously described him as an “extraordinary talent” (in quotes sourced by football.london).

Just imagine Spurs’ engine room now with Bentancur partnering the equally-strong Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has been one of Conte’s star performers so far this season

He averages a whopping 2.2 tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game himself, so pairing the two together could make Spurs a real force in the middle of the pitch. They will certainly be a hard proposition to get past.

That’s a solid foundation to build upon, then Conte can work on their attacking problems heading into the summer, where more change is expected.