The 30th of June marked a momentous day in the calendar of all Tottenham Hotspur fans as the club’s hunt for a new manager finally came to its conclusion.
The appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo, previously of Wolverhampton Wanderers, was shortly followed by that of Fabio Paratici – the new sporting director at Spurs. Paratici spent 12 years as the Chief Football Officer at Italian super club Juventus before joining Tottenham on the 12th of June. Paratici is said to have been a great admirer of Nuno during his time in Turin and even had his name down as a potential replacement for Andrea Pirlo as Juventus manager. Well, Paratici managed to pin Nuno down to a two-year deal as the official replacement for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
For one reason or another, Ryan Mason, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca, Mauricio Pochettino (again), and Gennaro Gattuso were considered to fill Jose’s boots but it was his Portuguese Premier League counterpart that eventually signed on the dotted line.
The hard work starts now. 👊 pic.twitter.com/AdibKRGoqd
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 2, 2021
Nuno’s impact likely to be felt on and off the pitch at Tottenham
So what can Nuno Espirito Santo bring to Spurs? Nuno quickly acclaimed legend status at Wolves, where after an impressive four seasons in charge, he took the midlands club from the middle tiers of the Championship to the quarter-final of the Europa League. Wolves finished 7th in the 2018/19 season: their highest top-division finish since 1980. Oh, and then they did it again the year after. Before Wolves, Nuno’s CV included household European club names such as Valencia and F.C. Porto.
Nuno’s qualities extend beyond form and formation. The new Tottenham Manager has been revered at every club for his ability to cultivate a winning team mentality and certain camaraderie amongst his players.
Both Chairman Daniel Levy and Paratici have noted Nuno’s commitment to “embracing” the “young players coming through” at Spurs whilst eager to build “something special”.
The new Spurs backroom staff
One question on the lips of every Spurs fan following the appointment of Nuno… who is he going to appoint as his deputies?
Well, club-legend Ledley King did not make the cut, and will instead assume a club ambassador role. Tottenham Hotspur will instead have three backroom assistants in the shape of Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa, and Antonio Dias. All three worked under Nuno Espirito at Wolves. Club journalists describe a “siege mentality” that Nuno and his men instilled into the Wolves unit… this is something Spurs fans will be eager to see if they can replicate in North London.
This team just keeps growing in character and performances. Another massive win and now back to Wembley for the semis. Let's go!! 🏴🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/TcZ2Mfj8dR
— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 3, 2021
Harry Kane poses as the Spurs boss’s first challenge
Other than the hunt for a new manager, the troubling news coming out of the Tottenham camp this summer is Harry Kane’s public sentiments about his future at the club. With the heavy speculation that a move to Manchester City may be on the cards for Kane, Tottenham Hotspur have doubled down on their stance that Kane is not for sale.
It has been reported by ESPN that Daniel Levy has assured the new Portuguese manager that Kane will not be sold without his blessing, no matter the offer. It is speculated that City would need to table £150m to even spark Daniel Levy’s interest. This, however, does leave Nuno with the task of planning on building a squad that may or may not include Tottenham’s best player. With every game that goes by, Harry Kane seems determined to add value to his already hefty price tag. Kane netted against England’s oldest international rivals Germany and bagged a brace in the quarter-finals of Euros 2020 against Ukraine.
Who will Nuno be bringing to Spurs?
Aside from the high-ticket players, it seems that many clubs are waiting until after the Euros 2020 competition concludes to ‘get stuck in’ to the summer transfer market. Tottenham Hotspur have recently placed a £15.5m bid for Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu. However, the Serie A club has refused the bid, instead valuing Tomiyasu at a minimum of £17.2m.
It has also been reported that Spurs are keen on 21-year-old Dusan Vlahovic. Vlahovic plays as a striker for the Italian side Fiorentina, and is said to be quite the promising young player. He netted 21 times in 34 starts this year. Could he be a potential replacement for Kane?
Another player that Nuno and Paratici seem keen on signing this summer is Houssem Aouar. Aouar is a 22-year-old midfielder who currently plays for Lyon. North London rivals Arsenal tried to sign young Aouar last season but failed to entice him to the club. The French international is valued at £37.8m, giving Spurs fans some confidence that Levy is willing to pay the big bucks to ensure that Tottenham are more of a threat in the coming Premier League season.
One rumour that may trouble Spurs fans is that surrounding Tanguy Ndombele. Following Carlo Anchelotti’s new appointment as Real Madrid manager, the French international has reportedly become a top target for the Spanish giants.
Nuno Espirito Santo has his work cut out at Spurs ahead of the new season. Daniel Levy will be hoping for a strong start from the Portuguese manager and his team following the disappointments of the 2019/2020 season. But there is so much to be hopeful for. The fans will be back in full force and will no doubt act as the ‘11th man’ in all Spurs home games as they cheer their team on to victory. The old adage goes that football is nothing without the fans. I’m willing to bet that with Nuno in charge, and the Tottenham loyal back where they belong… nothing can stop Spurs from reclaiming Champions League football for themselves at the end of the season.