How Will Antonio Conte Line Up The Front Three In His Best 11?

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How Will Antonio Conte Line Up The Front Three In His Best 11?

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How Will Antonio Conte Line Up The Front Three In His Best 11?

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Tottenham Hotspur has completed some excellent business during the summer transfer window, building a squad that is capable of competing in multiple competitions. The club should be close to finalizing a best eleven for this upcoming campaign, but manager Antonio Conte still needs to decide who should play alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up front. TWSN soccer analyst Christian De Block discusses the decision to start Dejan Kulusevski or Richarlison.

As I mentioned at the beginning, Spurs already has two attacking players who are nailed on starters. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are not only two of the best forwards in the Premier League, but maybe even some of the best in the world. Conte has those two to rely upon, but will need a third in his 3-4-2-1 system. 

Dejan Kulusevski was extremely influential in his first six months at the club, helping Spurs secure a top four finish in the league last season. His play off the right side of the front three gave Harry Kane and Son Heung-min the licensee to get into some really dangerous positions in the penalty box. Without Kulusevski scoring five and assisting eight in just 18 league matches, it would have been difficult to see Spurs finishing ahead of Arsenal. 

The 22-year-old Swedish international has an interesting profile because of how reliant he can tend to be on his left foot. That dependency led to Kulusevski featuring exclusively as a right winger for Spurs, giving him the freedom to cut inside on his left. While he has played through the middle and even on the left in the past, it will be interesting to see how versatile he is under Conte moving forward.

Unlike Kulusevski, Richarlison is coming off a difficult season in his final campaign at Everton. The club was in a relegation battle for the entire second half of the campaign, which led to the Brazilian international playing a unique role as a number nine. Instead of being able to flourish in a well-organized team, Richarlison had to scrap for everything in order to keep Everton up. 

The 25-year-old still managed to score ten and assist five in the league last season, even in a squad with so much dysfunction. Those numbers should improve in a team that includes world class players like Kane and Son, putting less of a burden on Richarlison. His responsibilities at Spurs should be much different from what he was asked to do at Everton. 

An ability to play across the frontline should be something that helps Richarlison get in the team quite a bit. If Kane or Son needs a rest on any given day, the forward is more than capable of putting in a shift at striker. When comparing Richarlison and Kulusevski in that aspect, the former Everton player has the leg up. 

With the Premier League season less than two weeks away, Spurs are in the final stages of creating their best eleven. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will be a part of that, but who will play alongside them at the top of the pitch? Both Kulusevski and Richarlison will get their fair share of minutes, especially considering how many competitions Spurs are registered in. But when it comes to the biggest matches, either in league or even the Champions League, I believe Richarlison will be the player Conte relies upon.

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