Tottenham Hotspur endured a difficult January transfer window, though they did manage to get two signings over the line.
Spurs were seemingly closing in on Adama Traore, only for the Spain international to opt for a move to Barcelona.
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte reportedly wanted to turn the 25-year-old into a right wing-back.
And given Conte’s record – Victor Moses and Achraf Hakimi to name but two – it would’ve been great to see what he could’ve done with Traore.
However, it wasn’t to be, so Spurs’ primary right wing-back options remain Matt Doherty and Emerson Royal.
That said, Conte did drop a hint on Friday suggesting he could be trying someone new in that position.
Namely, Tottenham newcomer Dejan Kulusevski.
“A good signing for us”
Football Italia quoted Conte as saying on Friday: “About Kulusevski, he is a good player.
“He is very young, he is a great talent and he can play like a number 10 with the strikers.
“But at the same time he has the potential to play wing-back on the right, he has good quality.
“He likes to attack, he is good on a one vs one, to create chances for teammates. A good signing for us.”
Kulusevski is known for his great technique, good progressive carrying ability, ability to beat his man and striking ability.
In addition, the 21-year-old has shown great versatility during his career so far, so he wouldn’t find it difficult to change position.
Kulusevski hasn’t played as a right-back or right wing-back before, but he’s got plenty of experience on the right flank.
His versatility will come in handy for Conte, say to deputise for Harry Kane up front or line up in attacking midfield.
Nonetheless, his “potential to play wing-back” suggests the manager might have just hinted at a solution in that position.
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