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Tottenham news: Emerging star tipped to be Antonio Conte’s ‘next Victor Moses’ – EXCLUSIVE | Football | Sport

Former Tottenham star Michael Dawson has been left highly impressed by the job Antonio Conte has been doing at the club so far. The ex-Inter Milan and Chelsea coach took over from the much-maligned Nuno Espirito Santo last month, and has so far not tasted defeat in his five Premier League games in charge.

Spurs were well worth a point in their pulsating 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend, and will be confident of victory when they host Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Over the years Conte has become known as a manager who likes to work on improving individual players, and a number of those who have declined in recent years already look like they could get back to their best, such as midfield duo Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

Another of those is former Fulham prodigy Ryan Sessegnon, who had almost become a forgotten man in north London after consistently struggling with form and injury issues since his £25m move from the Cottagers in 2019.

Recently, however, the left-sided 21-year-old has come back into the reckoning, and he has shone in Spurs’ last two Premier League games.

Speaking exclusively to Express Sport, Dawson said the recent improvement from Spurs defensively has been striking – and he backed Conte to have a similar impact on Sessegnon that he had on Victor Moses at Chelsea, who got considerably better under the guidance of the Italian.

“I would have loved to have worked under Conte,” Dawson admitted. “I was a player who gave everything, and he’s demanding but you can see in the results the effect he can have. He’s obviously still trying to put his stamp on the way they play, and he’s had issues like an injury to Cristian Romero, which is a big blow.

“But I think it’s a work in progress, and that they’ve now got a big chance of top four, which at the start of the season would have been the aim.

“When you look at the defence, I’ve always been a big fan of Eric Dier. He’s had his critics, but sometimes you just get personnel that suit you.

“I also think Ryan Sessegnon might work out as a left wing-back. I’m not sure he’s a left winger or a left-back, but if you look at what Conte did with Victor Moses at Chelsea, something similar might happen here.”

There is plenty of talk over who Spurs could look to sign in January, with Conte known to be highly demanding when it comes to splashing the cash and landing big-money transfers.

But Dawson has played down their chances of bringing many fresh faces in, and also doubts they will sign another striker, despite strong links to Fiorentina frontman Dusan Vlahovic.

“I think they may try to sign another defender,” he added. “Maybe a central midfielder to cover Oliver Skipp or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. But we all know January is a tough window to try to negotiate, so I’m not sure they’ll get more than one or two new players.

“If you bring a forward in they’re gonna be playing second fiddle. I just think Harry (Kane) is still going to play every game, Son Heung-min is still going to play every game, and I can’t see them going in for one because strikers cost all the money.”

After the game against Palace Spurs face Southampton on December 28, followed by a trip to Watford on New Years’ Day and an FA Cup Third-round tie against League One strugglers Morecambe on January 9. 




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