Tottenham Hotspur icon Chris Waddle has labelled Antonio Conte’s decision to sign Ivan Perisic’ strange’ due to the Premier League’s demands. The 33-year-old winger will join Tottenham on a free transfer when his Inter Milan contract expires on July 1.
On May 31, Spurs announced Perisic as their first signing of what is expected to be a busy summer transfer window. Conte was keen to reunite with the Croatia international after they thrived together in Inter’s 2020-21 Serie A-winning season.
But Waddle has doubts over whether Perisic is physically capable of creating an impact within the English top-flight. He is worried over the Champions League winner’s stamina in a contest where ‘you wish a pair of legs’ to be successful.
“Ivan Perisic is an odd signing for Spurs,” Waddle told BoyleSports Premier League. “They should sign one other centre-back, while Allan Saint-Maximin would annoy Antonio Conte. Ivan Perisic is an odd signing because he isn’t essentially the most physical player, doesn’t have the perfect stamina, and he’s joining a league where you do need a pair of legs.
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“He’s a free transfer, and it’s slightly bit against Tottenham’s policies to sign someone like Perisic, but clearly Conte has got his way there, and there’ll probably be two or three more additions. They should get one other centre-back. I do know they have Joe Rodon, who plays rather well for Wales, but he can not seem to get a glance in.
He added: “They’re linked with Allan Saint-Maximin, and the Spurs fans can be very excited to get him. But I feel he’d be a really frustrating player for Antonio Conte, and he must be consistent and supply more of an end product if he desires to be a starter for Spurs every week.”
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Tottenham announced their second summer signing on Wednesday morning, with Fraser Forster also set to hitch on a free transfer once his Southampton contract expires. The 34-year-old goalkeeper will cover Hugo Lloris after Pierluigi Gollini’s departure.
As Waddle suggested, Conte may very well be eyeing a recent centre-back, with Spurs stepping up their interest in one other Inter star, Alessandro Bastoni. Just a few more arrivals are expected on the club this summer as they gear up for a Champions League return within the Italian’s first full season as head coach.
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