Antonio Conte reveals why he didn’t start Tottenham’s new signing in Southampton win?

Antonio Conte has insisted it was ‘common sense’ not to start any of Tottenham’s six new signings in their Premier League season against Southampton.

Spurs come down with a goal to beat the Saints 4-1 on Saturday, James Ward-Prause opened the scoring with a brilliant half-volley before Ryan Sessgon and Eric Dier turned the game around before half-time.

After the break, a comical goal from Mohamed Salisu and a pearl from Dejan Kulusevski raised the points for Tottenham.

However, part of Spurs’ momentum in the new campaign has come from their summer window activity. Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bisouma, Richardson and Jade Spence have all signed, while Clement Lenglet has joined on loan.

But Saturday’s win didn’t get a start – Richardson was handed a one-game suspension for raging into the crowd while at Everton and was therefore ineligible – and Conte explained after the match that he had taken any chances available for selection. Why did you choose not to start?

“I am not surprised because I think I used common sense. Right now we are starting a new season and the old players have achieved great achievements last season to make it to the Champions League,” he said.

“My message was very clear. I have a lot of trust in the old players and at this point in time they are more reliable than the new players because they need to work with us and apply their football knowledge.

“With the older players I’m a step ahead than the new players. I think it was right after this game and the final feeling. I’m really happy because we have new signings that will go into our process and they’re fast.” I’ll learn from improve and at the same time they have to know that they have to fight and give me a chance to spin.

“Right now, we are playing once a week but in September it will be three games a week and it is important to move around without degrading the quality and the club agrees with me.”

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