. The Dutchman had been in stunning form earlier in the season, but has seen his minutes reduced over recent weeks.
Speaking to the media ahead of his side’s weekend fixtures, Conte was asked if Danjuma would potentially play against Spurs on Sunday. However, instead of directly answering the question, the Italian made reference to Levy and Tottenham’s transfer policies.
He said: “I think it is important for a coach to have a clear understanding of the transfer market, and what is happening at the club. Sometimes clubs decide to sign players who are not going to play as first-choice picks, and this is something that we need to be mindful of.
“It can make things more difficult when it comes to building a team, as everyone wants to play regularly. But we must be patient and continue to work hard in order to achieve success.”
This is yet another example of Conte using the media to take a dig at Levy and Tottenham, as he has previously been critical of their transfer policy and willingness to spend money. The Italian coach has made no secret of his desire to sign new players in the January transfer window, and it seems as though he is not afraid to publicly criticize his bosses if he feels that they are not doing enough to support him.
Despite Conte’s comments, it remains to be seen whether Danjuma will feature against Spurs. The Dutchman has been electric when given the chance this season, and it is easy to see why many Bournemouth fans want to see him play in every game. However, it seems as though Conte has reservations about his ability to perform consistently at the highest level, and may look to rotate his squad in order to keep everyone fresh for the busy schedule ahead.
Overall, this incident is just the latest in a long line of disagreements between Conte and the Tottenham hierarchy, and it is unlikely to be the last. With the January transfer window fast approaching, it will be interesting to see what moves Tottenham make in order to keep their manager happy and their squad competitive.