Football | Premier League 2021-22 | Tottenham Hotspur


You would be forgiven for concluding that Tottenham Hotspur are a bit of a mess right now.

After sacking Jose Mourinho in the spring, they went through a long list of leadership contenders, including Paulo Fonseca, Julen Lopetegui, Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers, Antonio Conte and their former boss Mauricio Pochettino before appointing the former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

It has been received by many Spurs fans as disappointing news at best, and the current saga which has seen star striker and perennial top scorer Harry Kane fail to show up in training as the club looms large. waited increased the feeling of anger around the club. .

There could be better news on the horizon, as the signing of Argentina’s Atalanta defender Cristian Romero could be followed by a deal for his national team colleague Lautaro Martinez from Inter. for around £ 60million. They have already added Bryan Gil from Sevilla, while Pierluigi Gollini was brought in from Atalanta as an alternative to captain Hugo Lloris in the goal.

But they need Kane’s situation sorted out as soon as possible if they are to approach the new Premier League season with a fresh mind and a clean slate. Nuno may not have been the first choice as a manager, but the least he deserves is knowing where he stands ahead of Spurs’ League opener with champions Manchester City on Sunday.

“Harry is with us, he needs to quarantine himself, he is at the lodge but he is training,” Nuno told reporters after the friendly victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday. “I didn’t speak to him today because today was a game, but we have a practice session tomorrow, and hopefully, socially distanced, I will speak with Harry.”


If Kane wants to walk away, Nuno would be well within his rights to decide to make his plans for the first few weeks of the season without him. Just as Louis van Gaal kept David de Gea away from Manchester United amid a transfer saga involving Real Madrid in 2015, the Spurs boss needs to know what he gets from whoever he sends on. field. Kane won’t be available for Sunday as he is, so Nuno could decide to keep that status quo until the transfer window closes and the 221-goal forward.

Reports over the weekend suggest Spurs president Daniel Levy may now be ready to sell, but Nuno’s job is to prepare a team to take on City first and give their all for the club over the course of the season thereafter.

After a fractured 2020-21 season, which saw them lead the way in the Premier League until November and December to end with 12 defeats and a seventh place that only earned them one place in the new Europa League Conference, this what they want more than anything is stability and consistency.

This is a team made up of Son Heung-min, Dele Alli, Tanguy Ndombele, Gil, Romero and more. There is a lot of talent even if Kane is moving on. But if they want to improve on last year’s comeback and show signs of being that same club that reached the 2019 Champions League final once more in the future, they have to put an end to any the Kane case, then Nuno really has to get there. to work.

It’s only when the distractions are quelled and Spurs get into some sort of rhythm on the pitch that fans can really begin to analyze whether Nuno was ultimately the right date or not.

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