Pape Matar Sarr and the five Tottenham players who will benefit the most from Conte’s pre-season
Antonio Conte is set to give his Tottenham players an unprecedented pre-season and for some members of his squad it will be a crucial time.
At the start of next month, Spurs players will begin to return to pre-season training in stages, with non-internationals first returning to Hotspur Way and then those involved in international matches this month returning in time. for the club’s flight to Korea on July 9 for their pre-season tour.
Conte will work them all harder than they have ever been worked late in the season. The Italian uses high-intensity drills, demanding extreme fitness work in concentrated time and players will be pushed to their limits without the distraction of competitive matches.
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It will be a great pre-season for the Tottenham head coach to set out his philosophy and plans for the upcoming campaign and also for some players to show him what they have in terms of fitness and ability. Here are five players we think could benefit the most from Conte’s first summer at the north London club.
Pope Matar Sarr
A year after the Senegalese international teenager signed for Tottenham, he will finally walk through the doors of Hotspur Way. The 19-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at Metz and it was a difficult campaign for the team but important for their development as he featured 34 times and started the majority of matches.
Sarr tasted Africa Cup of Nations glory with Senegal and his performances in the final weeks of the French campaign helped Metz push their survival destiny to the final day of the season, but the latter match was at PSG and even the talented teenager could not prevent the League. 1 relegation club.
Sarr will arrive at Tottenham hardened by a difficult season but he will face a whole different competition in Premier League form. This pre-season will give Conte a good chance to look at him and decide whether, despite high hopes for his future, he is still fit for Spurs.
At 6ft tall, the teenager has the frame for the English game but will need to muscle up for the physical demands of competition and Conte’s fitness staff will help start that process before a decision is made. about Sarr being loaned out again.
Last summer brought a pre-season injury for Sessegnon but he needs to make sure this time around he is at his physical peak to continue his progress under Conte. The 22-year-old enjoyed a great second half of the campaign under the Italian, becoming the club’s first-choice left-winger despite some hamstring issues during the season and earning plenty of praise from the club. from the boss, who said football.london that he thinks Sessegnon can become an “important player for Tottenham and England”.
Conte’s pre-season will be something of a breakthrough month for Sessegnon’s body and it was in that spirit that he was dropped from England U21 duty last week after many minutes towards the end of the campaign as Spurs’ only in-form player. this post. The plan is for Sessegnon to rest his muscles and be physically fresh in order to start pre-season with a clean slate as far as his body is concerned.
With new competition in the experienced Ivan Perisic, someone he can learn a lot from, if Sessegnon gets through Conte’s summer with flying colors, a great season lies ahead.
Another player returning from loan with a point to prove is Bryan Gil and he will take part in pre-season training with Conte’s opinion of his signing still ringing in his ears.
“You know I like to tell the truth and for sure we are talking about a very good player in Gil because he has good quality and he understands football quickly,” said Conte. football.london after Gil left for Valencia on loan. “Right now, for sure, this league is very difficult. This league is different. If you compare this league with other leagues, you play a different sport here. For that reason, when you go to sign a new player , you have to consider a lot Not a single aspect, if he shoots well or assists, you have to consider a lot of situations because this league is very difficult.
“You can be good with quality. You can be a creative player, but at the same time you have to be strong physically. You have to run a lot, to be resilient. The impact of this league is not easy. It’s not is not easy. For this reason, in the market, before signing a player, you have to check many aspects and not get into emotional things.”
Gil needs to show he can handle Conte’s physical demands this summer otherwise an exit from the club, whether on loan or on a permanent basis, is likely to occur.
Conte has very high hopes for Oliver Skipp and he was more frustrated than anyone when the young midfielder was unavailable for the final months of the season.
The Spurs boss said football.london that he believes the 21-year-old is already an important player for the club and will continue to improve under his tutelage. That’s why this pre-season is going to be so crucial for Skipp to show he’s gotten over his pelvic issues and is ready for the workload the Italian demands.
Tottenham believe in the midfielder which is why he has been handed a bumper new contract until 2027, and Conte will also be eager to see how the player performs alongside Rodrigo Bentancur during pre-season as the duo won’t hasn’t played together yet due to the youngster. wound.
Like Skipp, Tanganga is another Tottenham academy product set to return for pre-season. Although this is Skipp’s frustrating first injury, 23-year-old Tanganga must prove he can overcome a series of injuries that have fragmented his premiership. League career so far.
The defender was used a lot in Conte’s early games, starting nine of the 15 games he was available for under the Italian. However, a knee problem ended his season prematurely and the head coach will take a long look at Tanganga this summer before deciding what his next step will be.
The young defender’s versatility could be important for Conte’s side but the player also needs regular football to develop.