The players have made a big impression
The arrival of a new manager at a football club always signals a fresh start for everyone and that is very much the case at Tottenham.
Underachieving massively last season under Jose Mourinho as they finished seventh in the table, plenty of players have it all to do as they look to become first-team regulars for Spurs once again.
With a number of the squad away on their summer breaks currently due to their participation at either Euro 2020 or the Copa America, those on the periphery of the team have the perfect chance to give Espirito Santo something to think about.
Well, he made it clear in his first press conference that those involved in training at present really are catching his eye.
“It’s been great, it’s been great since we arrived,” he admitted. “Hard work, hard work – all about pre-season trying to commit everybody that we have to work really hard.
“The boys have been great. Fantastic – the attitude and commitment, and delighted to be here.”
There was always going to be a certain topic that was covered in Espirito Santo’s first press conference as Tottenham boss.
With the 47-year-old yet to speak to the media in the two weeks since his appointment as head coach, the Harry Kane question, unsurprisingly, came up.
However, he made his and the club’s stance crystal clear when he stated that Kane is their player and that he’s looking forward to his return to Hotspur Way for pre-season training.
That wasn’t the end of questions on Kane, however, as he was asked a further three times about the 27-year-old, claiming in his fourth and final question on his striker that he has “no doubts” in his mind about him.
Kane’s future will continue to crop up between now and the end of the transfer window and Espirito Santo will continue to bat them away as he did do in his first press conference.
Tottenham fans are desperate for new signings to arrive at the club this summer after two disappointing years in N17.
Unfortunately none have come in through the door just yet but hopefully a few will follow in the coming weeks ahead of the league opener vs Man City.
Espirito Santo did reveal that it’s “not easy” to strengthen the squad given the talent and quality they have in their ranks and it’s more about trying to find the right player to help them.
When asked about if he has had any conversations with Fabio Paratici about the rebuild, the Portuguese did mention that he is in daily contract with the managing director of football and Steve Hitchen about incomings.
“We’ve been talking – not only me and Fabio. Steve [Hitchen] also,” he revealed. “We are aware there’s a lot of work to be done, but at the same time it’s hard work because to improve our squad, the quality we have, the talent we have, is not easy, and we have to find the right players who can help us, but it’s been good work and on a daily basis each moment we have the chance to speak, to share opinions – me, Fabio, Steve.
“They do their job, look at the market. I do my job on the training ground and we get together ideas and try to find the best decisions. But like I say to improve our squad is not easy.”
Nuno is very confident
Plenty of Tottenham fans are concerned about the style of play under Espirito Santo given that Mourinho’s brand of football didn’t go down well at all.
Wolves didn’t exactly set the Premier League on fire last campaign as they really struggled given the success they enjoyed in the previous two seasons and many questioned the appointment of the new man.
Well, Japhet Tanganga confirmed to football.london in an exclusive interview that the main focus in training so far has been on attacking and pressing.
Music to the ears of Spurs fans, Espirito Santo quite clearly is very confident that the fans will “love” the football his team will play over the course of his tenure.
“What we want is to make our fans proud, to make them enjoy their players, love their players, this is our focus, let’s make our fans proud, to create a good atmosphere, help the players throughout the season and every moment,” said the ex-Porto boss.
“I think they will enjoy. This is what I am telling the players, ‘Let’s enjoy ourselves’.
“Our football must be the reflection in the mirror of what we are doing, what we want to do and I am totally positive the fans are going to love it.”
Chance for academy players
A number of the club’s talented academy players have been given an opportunity in first-team training during Espirito Santo’s first two weeks in the job so far.
TJ Eyoma, Tobi Omole, Jubril Okedina, Maksim Paskotsi, Harvey White, Nile John, Dane Scarlett and Kion Etete are just some of the youngsters involved in the sessions as they look to catch his eye ahead of the new season.
Opportunities will more than likely be there for them in the upcoming friendlies and Japhet Tanganga was someone who made the step up to the first team after making a name for himself in pre-season two years ago.
With all the academy stars intent on following in the footsteps of Tanganga, Harry Winks and Kane, Espirito Santo made it clear in his press conference that they are all very much in his plans.
“Every player in the squad is in my plans. Every player, every player,” he revealed.
“Even the U23s who are working with us are in my plans, because this is how we build a strong group, because everyone is going to be needed.”
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