Antonio Conte now facing massive ‘headache’ at Hotspur Way

Antonio Conte now facing massive ‘headache’ at Hotspur Way

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte is facing a selection headache ahead of the north London derby, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Spurs boss dropped Heung-Min Son against Leicester, but the winger came off the bench to score an 13-minute hat-trick, leaving him with a major decision to make ahead of next weekend’s trip to Arsenal.

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Following a slow start to the season, coupled with Richarlison’s summer arrival, Son’s place in the side has been under intense pressure.

Ultimately, the Champions League defeat in Lisbon proved the catalyst for change, with Conte eventually taking the 30-year-old, who cost the club £22m back in 2015, out of the team.

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With Richarlison taking Dejan Kulusevski’s place on the right earlier this month, the Swede was the one to miss out recently, but his impressive cameos off the bench saw him recalled against Leicester.

Conte’s decision looked to have paid off when the ex-Juventus star assisted Harry Kane’s equaliser, but neither Kulusevski nor Richarlison were generally at their best.

As a result, Tottenham needed Son to come off the bench and produce heroics to secure victory and continue their fine start to the campaign.

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Son’s performance has surely done enough to win his place back for Spurs’ trip to their fiercest rivals, but Conte will have to decide which of Richarlison or Kulusevski will drop out.

What did O’Rourke say about Tottenham?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “Son has gone away on international duty, so if he can do well on international duty, he’ll come back raring to go for that north London derby.

“But it just shows the options Spurs now have in attack that they can leave Son out of the starting XI and still have the likes of Kulusevski and Richarlison, which is a great headache for Conte, but I think after the hat-trick, Son will be pushing to be back in the starting XI at Arsenal.”

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Along with the fitness of Hugo Lloris and Ben Davies, this will surely be top of Conte’s agenda over the international break.

With Harry Kane a nailed on starter and Son almost guaranteed to return to the starting line-up, that leaves just one place to fill at the top end of the pitch.

Richarlison has done little wrong in his three starts, notably impressing in Europe, but Kulusevski’s creativity, which has seen him register 11 assists in 29 games for Tottenham, could see him get the nod.

Kulusevski is yet to hit top form this season, but he’s still averaging a goal involvement every 125.7 minutes in the league, and that alone might prove the difference.

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