Time for Antonio Conte to give Marcel Lavinier a go in the right-wing back role?

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With the January transfer window over and no real addition for Tottenham Hotspurs at the right-wing position, it looks like time for Antonio Conte to give academy prospect Marcel Lavinier a go in the right-wing back position.

According to The Times, Antonio Conte wanted to bolster the options at the right-wing back position in the January transfer window. Reports suggest that Antonio Conte is not impressed with Brazilian right-back Emerson Royal’s work in the final third. Emerson Royal only joined the club from Barcelona in the summer.

Conte was keen to sign Adama Traore in the January transfer window. But the Spanish winger decided to join Barcelona on loan with an option to buy. Tottenham Hotspur were also scouting Brighton & Hove Albion right back Tariq Lamptey. But a deal was seen as too expensive by the Spurs hierarchy.

But with Spurs failing to land any of Conte’s right-wing back targets. It might turn out to be Marcel’s opportunity to impress the manager and get a run of games in the first team. It could also turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Spurs too if Marcel can win over the wing-back position.

Can Marcel Lavinier be a success in the right wing-back position?

Marcel Lavinier has made just two senior appearances for Spurs. The youngster was a part of the 25-man squad for the UEFA Europa Conference League but did not make any appearances in the competition. He has made 13 appearances in the Premier League 2 this term. In this time he has recorded three assists in the Premier League 2. (stats via Transfermarkt)

Lavinier left the Chelsea academy to join Tottenham academy back in 2020. The right-back made his senior debut under Jose Mourinho last season. Marcel has made has represented both England and Portugal at the youth international level thanks to his dual nationality.

The right-back is known for his forward runs and is very direct with the ball at his feet. He also has a very decent technique and seems very confident on the ball. He could perfectly fit into the right-wing back role and excel. Lavinier could add some serious competition to both Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty for the right-wing back position this term if given the opportunity by Antonio Conte.

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