Tottenham: Conte has been 'harsh' with £45m star at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte reacts during match

Tottenham Hotspur winger Dejan Kulusevski will likely start against Leicester City this weekend, with Antonio Conte realising he has been harsh on the 22-year-old, according to Tom Barclay of The Sun.

The Italian is spoilt for choice in the attacking third this season but it is Kulusevski who has been forced out of the starting XI of late.

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Heung-Min Son has endured a slow start to the season, despite sharing last season’s Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah, and is yet to find the net in the opening six games of the season.

Yet the South Korea international has retained his spot in Conte’s starting XI so far, despite both Kulusevski and summer signing Richarlison boasting better records than him.

Conte even recently admitted in his pre-match press conference that the £110,000 per-week star, along with left-back Ryan Sessegnon, deserves to be playing more.

But he added that any changes need to be right for the team as a whole, saying the January recruit will be included ‘at the right time.’

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What has Barclay said on the situation?

Barclay believes that Kulusevski, who is valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt, will start in the clash with Leicester City this weekend, with Conte now realising that his omission has been harsh.

However, the journalist adds that it may not be Son who is dropped for him, with struggling Leicester posing an appealing opportunity for the 30-year-old to end his drought.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “I think Conte has realised that it’s been harsh on Kulusevski not to have been in the team the last three games and I think it’s a fair shout that he will start the next game. It’s just whether it’s now time for Son to be left out because his performances haven’t really merited starting, or whether maybe Conte takes a slightly easier decision, gives Son one more game to try and get that goal and leaves Richarlison out. But I’d be surprised if Kulusevski wasn’t starting against Leicester.”

Should Kulusevski start in place of Son?

The Sweden international started the first five Premier League games of the season, scoring one goal and providing two assists.

But he has recently been dropped in favour of Richarlison, who has also impressed, providing two goals and two assists in seven games across all competitions.

Son currently sits on just one assist for the campaign. But given he bagged 23 times in the Premier League last term, it is understandable why it would be a wrench to drop him.

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