Another Spurs player puts his head above the parapet over Nuno Espirito Santo.

Another Spurs player puts his head above the parapet over Nuno Espirito Santo.

In my previous article, I said that some players have said that they welcome our new manager, particularly Sonny. Now another player has commented on our new manager’s appointment.

Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg has said that Nuno Espirito Santo appointment was ‘interesting’ and is looking forward to working under the new head coach.

The club had confirmed on Wednesday that Nuno would be taking over from Jose Mourinho after a War and Peace type novel-length drama finally came to a close after 70 days of painful humiliation.

Our new Director of football, Fabio Paratici, insisted in an interview with Spurs TV that Nuno employed a more attacking formation during his time at Valencia; on that, we will have to wait and see. It also depends on the players he got, even though Daniel Levy promised a more attacking football (I don’t know why he just doesn’t manage the team himself, as he thinks he knows better).

Nuno Espirito Santo will have most of his squad back for pre-season training this Monday, but the likes of Hojbjerg, Davies, Kane etc., who are still involved at Euro 2020, will only join the group later down the line. Too close to the start of the beginning of the League season, but it is what it is.

As we all know, Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg is focusing on Denmark’s match against the Czech Republic this evening (3rd July) but did say on Danish publication BT“Congratulations to him (Nuno) and congratulations to the club. It will be interesting (to work with him). But I would like to wait a bit to meet him because of things we need to finish here.”

My thoughts

Players like Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg, Son and Kane will be significant to Nuno’s plans for this season. He needs to hit the road running and not only to impress Levy but keep our fans on side. Just a few slip-ups could see the fans quickly turn on him (but I would imagine that most of the venom will be directed at Levy).

Other players

With speculations from newspapers that we might move for the likes of Manuel Locatelli and Franck Kessie, it is evident that Paratici and Nuno want to bring in a central midfielder this summer.

Then there is also Skipp returning after a loan spell at Norwich, so I am sure that Levy is expecting the new manager to consider him. No doubt, with Levy pulling the strings, it is all a bit topsy-turvy and probably will be like that from some time.

Oh, we mustn’t forget that we deed another striker, either as a replacement for Kane or as an understudy to him.

New coaching staff to back Nuno Espirito Santo

The club have confirmed that Nuno Espirito Santo will be joined at the club by Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias as the backroom staff.

Ian Cathro will serve as assistant head coach after working with Nuno at Wolves, Valencia and Rio Ave. Rui Barbosa will become the club’s new goalkeeping coach, and Antonio Dias will be the club’s fitness coach after having both worked with Nuno at previous jobs.

All the best, Glenn

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