Conte urged to make Tottenham 'U-turn' after 'unforgivable' sighting - pundit
Antonio Conte must change the Tottenham playing style after last week’s “unforgivable” attacking display against Everton, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 52-year-old manager has to “figure out how to hurt teams”.
Tottenham registered a 0-0 draw in Conte’s first Premier League match in charge of the Lilywhites, failing to record a single shot on target during the match.
As per OptaJoe on Twitter, Sunday’s match was the second consecutive game in which Tottenham earned the unwanted accolade – the first time since records began in the 2003-04 season.
The north London side have scored the second-least Premier League goals this season (nine), second only to basement club Norwich (five).
Last season’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has netted just once this season.
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Whelan insisted Conte will be installing his philosophy at Tottenham slowly and urged the former Chelsea boss to get the best out of their “world-class” arsenal.
“He’ll be building them up gradually – starting at the back. Conte prides himself on keeping clean sheets and making his teams hard to beat,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“But you have to find that balance. They’ve got some world-class attacking options at Tottenham.
“Getting a draw is not a bad way to start your tenure as a manager, but he will have to work really hard to find that formula in order to have that flow from defence into attack.
“You can’t have no shots on target in a game when you have Kane, Son, Lucas Moura, and all these attacking players on the pitch. It’s unforgivable.
“They’ve got to start making things click, U-turn on the playing style and figure out how to hurt teams.”