With the seemingly imminent departure of Antonio Conte over this international break, Bayern Munich may have presented Tottenham with a golden opportunity.
Somewhat unexpectedly, news broke yesterday that Bayern has parted ways with manager Julian Nagaelsmann, quickly announcing that former Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be his replacement.
Whilst this may initially come as a detriment to Spurs, as we were reportedly considering Tuchel as a potential replacement for Conte, having Nagelsmann out of work could present an unexpected but attractive opportunity.
Before Nagelsmann joined Bayern back in the summer of 2021, Tottenham considered a move for the German owing to his impressive stints at TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, as he helped transform the latter into the third-best side in the Bundesliga.
At just 33, Nagelsmann represented a new, exciting approach to coaching and looked to be the perfect replacement for Jose Mourinho. However, he ultimately ended up favouring a move to Bayern, leading to Spurs’ subsequent appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo.
But, with the German out of work and relieved from duties at the Allianz Arena, this could be a perfect time for Tottenham and Daniel Levy to make their move.
Currently, it’s reported that Spurs’ four-man shortlist to replace Conte is Luis Enrique, Oliver Glasner, Ruben Amorim, and Luciano Spalleti, with fans also championing a return for former boss Mauricio Pochettino who is also on the job market.
Fans’ opinions are largely split. Many would rather see a project-based coach akin to Glasner or Amorim than another “win now” manager like Enrique, who would represent a similar appointment to Conte or even Jose Mourinho.
That being said, Enrique is still rumoured to be the preferred candidate, but this could all change with Nagelsmann’s newfound availability.
At 35, the German looks to be the best of both worlds regarding managerial style, as he is young and patient enough to oversee a long-term project at Spurs but has the capabilities and pedigree of a successful manager.
Across 315 games in the Bundesliga, Nagelsmann boasts an impressive 1.92 points per game record. His deployment of the 4-2-3-1 is a formation that could feasibly get the best out of Spurs – and in particulate, Son and Kulusevski.
Undoubtedly, this is an exciting opportunity for Tottenham. Still, it is one that Levy must move quickly if we are to capitalise on as Nagelsmann will likely have a plethora of suitors come the summer.
Regardless, it would be disappointing to see Tottenham pass on the German without attempting to lure him to North London, as he could certainly help restore football at N17 to the free-flowing attack games fans enjoyed at White Hart Lane and may be the fresh approach we need to deliver success back to the white half of North London.