Jamie Carragher believes only one new Tottenham signing is good enough to start

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has shocked Tottenham fans ahead of the upcoming campaign – by suggesting that new man Yves Bissouma is the only player from their six new signings who is good enough to take a starting role at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Spurs have been the most active of the so-called ‘Big Six’ this summer, signing six first-team players as Antonio Conte aims to back up the depth of his squad.

The quality that the north London outfit have had in their first team throughout the years has never been in doubt, although they somewhat struggle to compete for trophies due to a lack of squad depth in comparison to regular challengers Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

As a result, the Italian has bolstered his ranks with the signings of Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence, Fraser Forster and Bissouma himself.

Richarlison has joined Tottenham in a move that could total £60m

But despite spending over £90m on the six players combined, Carragher has claimed that only the signing of Bissouma is good enough to warrant upsetting the apple cart of the current crop of players that make the starting side.

“Conte can at least go into this weekend’s match knowing that his squad is in a better place now than it was in January, following the arrivals of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence,” Carragher told the Telegraph.

“But I am still unsure as to how much these signings have really improved the starting lineup.

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“Bissouma is a quality midfielder, and I expect him to be a regular starter, but aside from him we might be looking at the same starting team that we saw in the second half of last season.”

Spurs beat Southampton 4-1 on the opening day of the season, but will follow up their exploits in an all-London tie against Chelsea on Sunday in what promises to be a real marker for both clubs heading towards the end of the window and the new season.

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  1. I think the statement is a little misleading. Bissouma, Perisic, Richarlison and Lenglet are all ‘good enough to start’, but are they actually better than the current encumbents? Which then begets the more pertinent question, WILL they start? Meaning will they be first choice, in their respective positions, in Conte’s strongest XI? Given the rotation needed, with the return to the CL, they will certainly play every other game, so the only question is whether as first or second choice.

  2. Chelsea 0:2 Spurs
    First 45 0:1
    Second 90, 0:2 full time
    Spurs for life

    Spurs will write a statement after this win

  3. I thought I was the only person who wasn’t convinced by our window so far. It’s been a breathe of fresh air getting our transfers done early and getting experienced players is definitely a good vision. I do agree with Carra here though we haven’t really strengthened our ‘best’ first 11. Bissouma I do expect to break into our first 11. Richarlson I am sceptical about, he’s a good player but realistically hardly anyone in the world would break our front 3 of kulu Kane and son, so as a bench player I would have spent more wisely. We could have spent the big money in places where we can improve our first 11. Big money on a LCB and RWB would be my priority and then a ball playing DM of the Modric, Alonso, De Jong ilk.

  4. The signings have definitely improved the strength in depth, which was much needed and the there could be some surprise performances.
    None of the signings are certainties for the 1st XI line up but the increased competition for starting places should improve the standard of play.
    Overall a good transfer window, with a vacancy for a creative midfielder

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