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How Tottenham could line up for Premier League 2022/23 opener against Southampton with five new signings

How Tottenham could line up for Premier League 2022/23 opener against Southampton with five new signings

Tottenham has been one of the busiest Premier League clubs this summer as Antonio Conte looks to build on an impressive season that saw the club qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2019.

Spurs have already brought in six new players for the 2022-23 season, with Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, and Yves Bissouma being just three of the players added to Conte’s squad.

SportsDias  looks at the team the Italian could field against Southampton in the club’s first top-flight match, with five of the new players in mind.

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris, the Spurs’ long-serving goalkeeper, will begin his tenth season in August. There was a time when the north Londoners struggled to find a reliable No. 1, but the Frenchman proved to be an excellent acquisition.

Despite turning 36 in December, Lloris’ ability shows no signs of deterioration. Spurs may be able to squeeze a few more years out of the 139-cap France international.

He has 413 appearances for the club and was instrumental in Spurs’ rise to fourth place last season. Lloris had 16 clean sheets and appeared in every Premier League game in 2021-22.

Defenders: Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet

One of Conte’s top summer priorities was to sign a new center-back, and while he was unable to sign Alessandro Bastoni from Inter Milan, Spurs will still have a strong defensive structure.

Barcelona outcast Clement Lenglet has been loaned from La Liga outfit for the season, while Eric Dier’s improvement from last season makes him a sure starter in the middle of the back three. If his form continues, the 28-year-old could be called up to the England squad for the World Cup.

Cristian Romero will fill the vacancy. Spurs can also choose from Davinson Sanchez, Ben Davies, Joe Rodon, and Japhet Tanganga, though the latter appeared to be on his way out.

Midfielders: Djed Spence, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic

Conte was looking to improve his wing-back options after being disappointed with Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal. Djed Spence, a speedy right-back who was instrumental in Nottingham Forest’s promotion during a loan spell, has joined from Middlesbrough.

Ivan Perisic, a versatile Croatian veteran, can fill in at left wing-back, but Conte may want to see how Ryan Sessegnon develops after a strong finish to last season. In the wide positions, the Italian now has a lot of options.

The £25 million signing of Yves Bissouma from Brighton adds another central midfield option, and the Malian will almost certainly start the season. Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg worked well together last season and will compete for a spot alongside Bissouma.

Attackers: Richarlison, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min

A £50 million move for Richarlison surprised many earlier in the transfer window, but Spurs’ focus has been on adding depth to ensure they are competitive both domestically and in Europe.

It means the Brazilian will compete with  Dejan Kulusevski for a spot in Conte’s front three alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Kane will be hoping for a better start to the season after scoring just two Premier League goals before Christmas last season.

How Tottenham could line up for Premier League 2022/23 opener against Southampton with five new signings

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