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Antonio Conte admits Lucas Moura could become a wing-back

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has revealed that he may deploy Lucas Moura as a wing-back and compared a possible position change to that of Ivan Perisic.

Moura has almost exclusively played as a right winger at Spurs but did feature as a striker during the Mauricio Pochettino era. However, Conte has used him at right wing-back in Tottenham’s two pre-season games this week and the Brazilian has looked comfortable in this new position.

Spurs have all but completed the signing of Djed Spence, whose pace and dribbling ability will add another dimension to their wing-back options.

But Conte has admitted Moura’s place in the starting XI could be at wing-back, and compared such a prospect to summer signing Perisic making a similar positional conversion during their time together at Inter.

“I spoke to Lucas and I think this could be a good option [to play at wing-back],” Conte said after Spurs’ 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Saturday.

“In the past I made Perisic in this position. Before a winger and to become a wing-back. He has the quality. The most important thing is the player has to be 100% ready to do it, but he is available for us.

“Lucas can play in many roles. I’m very happy for his commitment and tonight I think he played a good game.”


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