Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Wednesday, November 10.
Newcastle’s Conte chase
Newcastle United tried to bring Antonio Conte to St. James’ Park before the Italian opted to join Tottenham instead, according to The Athletic.
Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in N17 last week after the former Wolves boss was relieved of his duties on Monday morning following the 3-0 loss to Manchester United.
However, the Italian coach could have ended up in Tyneside, with the aforementioned report claiming that the Magpies’ new owners chased him before failing in a move for Villarreal’s Unai Emery and eventually appointing Eddie Howe.
Conte is so determined on improving the fitness of his Spurs players that many have been given extra training schedules to undertake while on international duty, football.london understands.
Conte is expected to work the 11 Lillywhites players who have not gone out on international duty extremely hard over the coming two weeks, with the former Inter Milan boss ready to put them through their paces at the club’s Hotspur Way training ground.
football.london understands that the players on international duty will also be handed extra training schedules by the Italian’s coaching staff, with the coach keen on all of his players, particularly those yet to feature prominently since he was appointed, to improve their fitness levels.
Read more here.
Tottenham could be without tough-tackling midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for their Premier League clash against Leeds United after the international break, with the former Southampton star picking up an injury on his duties with Denmark.
On Tuesday morning, his country said that the Dane would miss their first game of the break, against the Faroe Islands on Friday, due to injury.
When translated, their tweet reads: “Due to an injury, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will, unfortunately, miss the match against the Faroe Islands on Friday. We hope to get him to the match against Scotland next week.”
It is unclear the extent of his injury at this moment in time.
Read the full piece here.
Source by Football London