Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge told Give Me Sport that players Harry Winks, Gio Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon and Tanguy Ndombele are forced to watch Tottenham first-team training and then train alone.
The quartet were dropped by Spurs during this summer’s pre-season tour of South Korea. The club is actively looking to sell them. Simply put, after a spending spree that easily eclipsed £100m – especially with the signing of Richarlison.
Yves Bissouma came in, seeing Winks drop Antonio Conte’s midfield options. Ndombele and Lo Celso were loaned out last season and will be sold. Reguilon was replaced by Ivan Perisic on the left flank.
Bridge says after a recent visit to Tottenham training at Hotspur Way, he saw all four Spurs players watching first-team training. They were then forced to train on their own, not with Conte’s senior squad.
“I was at the training ground last Thursday. The first team was training. You see them four on the edge of the field on the other side watching. Then they go for a run with one of the fitness trainers.
“I don’t care how much money they have. It’s demoralizing, I was demoralized for them. It was quite difficult, especially Winks, who has been there since day one. Bridge reported, in quotes published by Give Me Sport.
Bridge: Tottenham players forced to train alone
As Bridge says, it’s sad, especially for a player like Winks who gave his all for the club. But that also says a lot about Conte. He knows what is needed, he knows what he wants, and he is ruthless.
He only wants to work with players who he believes can take Tottenham forward. For Ndombele and Lo Celso, this will have been planned. But for Winks and Reguilon, who played roles last season, it will be, as Bridge puts it, “demoralizing”.
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