Nuno Espirito Santo, who was appointed as Tottenham’s manager a few weeks ago, is saying all the right things since joining the club.
The appointment of Nuno garnered mixed reactions from Tottenham’s supporters. While it’s way too early to tell whether the Portuguese gaffer will find success where few others have in recent times, he is certainly starting his tenure in the best possible way.
Upbeat, motivational and inspired, Nuno is instilling his new side with his positive belief set. He is reinforcing the importance of hard work, ensuring every player leaves his ego at the door. Nuno adores a physical brand of football, showcased by his requirement of players to wear shin pads in training sessions.
He is working with a blank slate, providing every player, even those touted for the exit door, the chance to prove their worth. More importantly, Nuno underpins the importance of youth and giving each member of the squad a fair crack at infiltrating the senior team.
Nuno’s first interview was full of hopeful sentiment. He said he would make Tottenham supporters proud and again reinforced his commitment to consistently putting forth a full-blooded effort no matter the occasion.
His first press conference followed a similar script, with Nuno reinforcing his hard-work philosophy throughout.
The gaffer is also steadfast on transitioning Tottenham to a more attacking team, even speaking of implementing a two-striker system. Danny Ings is a strong candidate to partner Harry Kane if the England captain stays. Regardless, thinking about Spurs finally veering away from a one-striker system is an exciting prospect.
Nuno has also come out and said Tottenham have a lot of work to do in recruiting talent that is ready to immediately contribute to proceedings. Spurs have, as usual, been linked to a number of names on the transfer market, but have yet to make a splash this summer.
While Nuno was clear on the difficulties of signing new elite players, he is determined, along with Fabio Paratici and Steven Hitchen, to adding a number of strong reinforcements.
Nuno has also been incredibly respectful of Harry Kane since arriving. The Portuguese was unwilling to contact Kane during England’s Euro 2020 run, stating it would be disrespectful to approach the talisman while his undivided attention was with the Three Lions camp.
Nuno’s approach directly reflects his character and personality. Always considerate, fair and respectful, Nuno knows how to interact and form bonds with people and will assuredly get the best out of his players while managing Tottenham.
Now it’s time to see if Nuno can back up his positive words and actions both in training and off the field with the results Tottenham desire and require. If his first few weeks in charge are anything to go by, Tottenham supporters should be feeling quietly confident.