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Waddle exclusive: Tottenham fans must accept Conte style; £80M signings just around corner

Tottenham hero Chris Waddle has urged doubting fans to get behind manager Antonio Conte - despite complaints about the style of football he employs.

There's been claims a large section of the Spurs support are fed-up with the way Conte has the team playing, despite the progress they've made since the Italian's appointment.

Waddle has heard the whispers too, though insists Conte remains the right man to lead the club forward.

Speaking to on behalf of FreeSuperTips, the Geordie said: "I think the fans are still mixed, Tottenham fans love to see excitement and those flair players.

"They want their team to attack, and they want to see exciting football.

"Sometimes you can see when they don't get the results that's when it gets criticism and sometimes the three points covers up the cracks of the entertainment side of it.

"Conte will say he's there to win games of football and to win trophies and his best way of doing that is to play this style of football.

"You've just got to accept.

"Whether the Tottenham faithful don't eventually like that, then that will be when it's time to move on."

On whether Conte can bring a Premier League title to Tottenham Hotspur stadium, Waddle is positive - though insists the manager will need backing from upstairs.

He continued: "Would I say he's the man to take Tottenham to a Premier League title or a trophy in the next two or years, I think it'll be down to the budget he's given.

"It's always been a hard one, Tottenham fans want to see excitement, but they want trophies in the cabinet which has had cobwebs on for a while. They want to get trophies and you have to understand that.

"We have to remember that the stadium and the training facilities cost an absolute fortune, so in a couple of years' time Tottenham will be able to bring in more players.

"They can start being in the market for player who cost £70 or £80 million.

"The stadium is fantastic, and it can host events such as boxing, rugby and American football so it's bringing in good money.

"Obviously, there's debts to still be paid off from the stadium and once that's sorted, in the next couple of years Tottenham should be in that position to buy top players.

"Can they go on and buy those top players to help the club win a Premier League in the future and that's what the fans will be looking at.

"In the meantime, I think Conte is a good fit and a decision has to be made on his contract."

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