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Antonio Conte plans to launch Steven Bergwijn as a substitute for Harry Kane in attack in a big change of Tottenham squad

ANTONIO CONTE is preparing Steven Bergwijn to become a short-term substitute for Harry Kane as a forward at Spurs.

Although the Dutch player only scored four goals after 40 goals Premier League appearances – and three of those were in his first three home games.

Conte is planning to launch Bergwijn as Kane's underling

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Conte is planning to launch Bergwijn as Kane’s underlingCredit: Getty
Spurs have a busy festive period and Conte thinks Bergwijn could share attacking duties with Kane

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Spurs have a busy festive period and Conte thinks Bergwijn could share attacking duties with KaneCredit: Getty

But new Tottenham manager Conte believe Bergwijn could be the man to help them overcome a chronic shortage of strikers during this busy festive period.

Tonight’s Premier League clash at home with Brentford kick off Spurs’ Ninth series in less than a month before the transfer window reopens on January 1 – Conte could bring in some much-needed reinforcements.

Italians are well aware Harry Kane and has long been the club’s only departing striker.

Former Spurs Managers Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Nuno Espirito Santo chose to play Son Heung-min as a number 9 when Kane was not available.

But Conte revealed: “I think Steven could also be a good choice.

“We have a world-class striker like a No. 9 in Harry and I repeat that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him because of the many times you have given the assessment from the outside.

“I am very excited to see him the way he works every day and the commitment, heart and passion for Tottenham.

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“It’s no surprise, but when you get there, you don’t know what you’ve found. And I found this.

“We definitely have an important number nine but I’ve seen Son play in this position before. Honestly, I like Son playing as the number 10 he’s playing.

“I want a reference point that is No9. Steven is working and we are using him in this position as well, in three forward positions.

“Steven could be a good choice on the day when I want to give Harry a break.”

Bergwijn, often seen as a winger, sets Spurs hit the road after a £27m move from PSV Eindhoven in January 2020.

He scored on his home debut first City of Manchester and then in his next home league games with the wolf and Manchester United.

He has scored many goals for the Netherlands, but his only other strike was for Spurs in a 1-2 home loss to Aston Villa in May.

Asked if he could help the player score regularly, Conte said: “Honestly, I think many players have to restore their confidence at Tottenham.

“When they finished at the end of the seventh season, confidence had not yet grown. This is another aspect to improve self-confidence.

“You don’t lose your quality and what you showed in the past.

“We are working to restore the trust that someone has lost.”

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