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Football News: Team Review - Tottenham Hotspur

Team Review - Tottenham Hotspur
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Team Review - Tottenham Hotspur

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League Position: 7th

 

Goalkeepers:

Hugo Lloris
Joe Hart
Alfie Whiteman

It is not a group to fill you with confidence. Both Lloris and Hart were finished at the top level a long time ago and Whiteman is young and extremely inexperienced. With Lloris and Hart being so error-prone, you would think Spurs would look for a new keeper, but Lloris is the club captain, so Nuno might not want to rock the ship just yet.

 


Defenders:

Davinson Sanchez
Eric Dier
Toby Alderweireld
Joe Rodon
Japhet Tanganga
Cameron Carter-Vickers
Sergio Reguilon
Ryan Sessegnon
Ben Davies
Serge Aurier
Matt Doherty

It does have the look of a unit that would suit Nuno's style of play for most of his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with the negativity of dropping deep and playing with a back three and wing-backs that are relied upon to provide an attacking outlet. Certainly Doherty showed he can play in that system. Other than Alderweireld though, there is not one player as an individual that would fill you with confidence that they are anywhere near good enough. Even the Belgian has been struggling with injuries.

 


Midfielders:

Harry Winks
Oliver Skipp
Tanguy Ndombele
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Giovani Lo Celso
Moussa Sissoko
Dele Alli

This group of midfielders is, quite frankly, terrible for a club with ambitions of challenging for a league title. Ndombele can be brilliant but the rest are simply not good enough. People raved about Hojbjerg, but I fail to see what he did so well, other than hack at players mindlessly. Sissoko works hard, but has the subtlety of a brick through the window and the ability to trip over his own feet at the worst possible times. Alli's heart is clearly not in it any more and he has not put in the work needed to improve his game. Winks is just a League One player that is somehow still playing for a Premier League team at the age of 25. They desperately need to invest here.

 


Forwards:

Heung-min Son
Steven Bergwijn
Lucas Moura
Erik Lamela
Jack Clarke
Harry Kane

Kane and Son were the saving grace of this team last season and Kane wants out, so that leaves them in real trouble. There is just no way Son can carry the team to trophies on his own. At least selling Kane will raise funds to invest in the squad, as it desperately needs investment in every area.

 


Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo

One thing is for sure, the early weeks should be good for Nuno as he will be like a breath of fresh air after the way Mourinho managed last season. Though Nuno's style of play is often as negative as his fellow Portugese, his man-management is totally different and, short term at least, it will give the squad a lift. The difficulty will be maintaining the raised morale.

 


Conclusion:

Unless the squad seems some major investment they look like a team that is on the slide. Their main hope looks to be capitalising on the new manager 'bounce' and riding the wave of that for as long as possible. The one big thing in their favour is that the squad is set up nicely to play Nuno's favoured 3-4-3 (well more of a 5-4-1 for 75min and then going more attacking) system.

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Written by Tris Burke July 12 2021 16:35:57

 

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