The search for a new manager at Tottenham Hotspur is over, and it is somewhat unsurprising that the North London club’s management settled for Nuno Espirito Santo, the former Wolverhampton manager, who comes with loads of experience. Having been in the Premier League is also set to pass as an advantage.
Former Italian international Gennaro Gattuso was among the coaches linked with the job last held on a permanent by Jose Mourinho, and a return for Mauricio Pochettino was also mulled. The current Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann was also considered at some point and while at some point talks with Nuno collapsed, an agreement was struck at last.
Now he goes into the toughest job in the league – to return Spurs to the highs that saw them get very close to becoming European champions three seasons ago while under Pochettino. First on his in-tray will be an attempt to convince Harry Kane to stay.
The England captain hasn’t hidden his desire to leave Spurs after another disappointing season despite contributing to 37 of the team’s 68 goals last season. Manchester United, Real Marid and Manchester City have all been linked with a move for the forward. Spurs won’t have Champions League football next season and that alone will cause major problems in the bid to keep the forward at the team.
As the manager seeks ways to convince Kane to stay, he may have to rely on the fact that Kane still has a contract at Spurs and Daniel Levy isn’t keen on selling despite Manchester City tabling a £100m offer for the forward. If it plays out this way, it would be down to Nuno making him want to give his best for the team. Either way, it isn’t going to be a simple task.
There is also a smaller matter of Dele Alli. The forward didn’t play much under Jose Mourinho and even had an attempted move to PSG fall through. As a result of not getting much play time, he missed a place in the England squad for the Euros. His heart may be calmer with Mourinho’s exit and he has even absolved Mourinho from his troubles, which makes it easy convincing him to stay. He has already had an interview where he stated his readiness to work with the new manager.
One other main issue Nuno has to deal with is the defensive frailty seen in the team last season. With Serge Aurier looking to move, the coach may have to look elsewhere for a replacement but this will not be a very pressing issue. Matt Doherty is there as a good cover, and Nuno will know him well having managed him at Wolves. Davinson Sanchez hasn’t yet hit the highs expected of him and Toby Alderweireld has grown slower.
The team has conceded 92 goals in the last two seasons and Nuno won’t like this, especially with a tough run of fixtures in the opening weeks of the season. Spurs start off with Manchester City, then Nuno’s former team, Wolves and shortly after they have three straight London derbies as they look to a great start and a successful season.
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After a season long loan at Spurs, Gareth Bale is set to return to parent club, Real Madrid. Though he wasn’t a regular last season, he was an integral part of Spurs, and as he leaves, Nuno steps in seeking to introduce his style of play without a number of key players at least in the opening weeks of his tenure. Kane, skipper Hugo Lloris and Pierre-Emile Hojberg are set to join much later after the Euros.
Nuno prefers a more defensive style; how he does that with some of the best attackers in the league, remains to be seen. While he will expect the absent players to catch up with time, the opening few weeks of the season are set to be crucial for him. The hope is that the available players will do the needed job before the others arrive.