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Two years ago, everything seemed to be going well with Tottenham. Although they did not sign a single player last season to reach the Champions League final, they qualified for the main European football competition for the fourth consecutive season, spending more than £ 100 million to create a new central combination for Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo. Celso and Jack Clarke and Ryan Sessegnon were hired to look to the future.

Harry Kane had a 12-month term on his six-year contract and, while Tottenham did not award him a trophy, Europe’s progression satisfied Kane’s intentions. Spurs were about to start their first full season in their new home.

The world of Tottenham may suggest that hyperbole may be lightweight, but the contrasts between then and now have a huge impact on fans.

Mauricio Pochettino could not overcome the psychological impact of the defeat against Liverpool, Jose Mourinho was a miserable step for Daniel Levy, he left behind his usual scorched earth and his departure was followed by a completely chaotic and headless public search. .

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Dimitar Berbatov warns that taking Harry Kane to Man City will be “mentally tiring” for the Tottenham striker

Nuno Espírito Santo has his strengths, but it hardly suited him after Mourinho’s post-Levy public statement about his desire to play attacking football.

And that was before Kane tried to move to Manchester City, without City even allowing Levy to agree to what he demanded at a significant price. If Kane is accused of wanting to win big trophies, you will not sign an extension of the contract without a written exit clause and then you expect it to be subject to the agreement of the gentleman.

The future of Kane must be sorted in one way or another. The PR’s attempt to smooth the situation has made the audience deaf to the audience, but following the pace it would have done last season and scoring goals.

It’s a nightmare scenario (and it’s not weird) that the City is slowly starting the season with players who don’t have a game season and only raises money for the 11th hour, which leaves the Spurs unable to reinvest their funds.


  • Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
  • Position last season: 7an
  • The key man: Son Heung-min
  • In: Bryan Gil (Sevilla, £ 26 million / share), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta, full-season loan)
  • Outside: Paulo Gazzaniga (Fulham, free), Danny Rose (Watford, free), Juan Foyth (Villarreal, £ 13.5 million), Erik Lamela (Seville, partial exchange), Toby Alderweireld (Al-Duhail, £ 4.2 million) )

This would create too much reliability for Son Heung-Min to make him more prolific than ever. Maybe the South Korean could be used as a central striker, but he hardly fits with the Nuno mold. Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura are other options. The pair have scored 21 goals in 138 Premier League appearances. With all the noise from Kane, don’t forget the impact of Gareth Bale’s departure.

The Europa Conference League is another potential headache. Tottenham fans will be happy to sacrifice fatigue due to the likelihood of fatigue, but Spurs and Roma will likely be favorites to win the final and would have the necessary silver tools and a way to return to the Europa League.

Not everything is evil and gloomy. Cristian Romero is an excellent version of Toby Alderweireld and Bryan Gil is one of the most exciting attacking talents in Spain. If Kane was sold in a partial exchange with Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus, Levy could be considered an acceptable value if he decides to leave his striker star.

For all the worries about Nuno Wolves ’pragmatism, the preseason suggests Mourinho’s Spurs would like to play a high-paced 4-3-3 game that would suit them better.

But it’s hard to predict anything other than a consolidation season as part of a two-year reconstruction, especially if Tottenham are forced to overcome the relative trauma of leaving Kane.

In 2016/17, Spurs finished second, then third, then fourth, then sixth and then seventh. Nuno’s main goals should be to correct this decline and the seventh should also be the reason for the (warned) celebrations. Dreams of mixing the biggest, the best and the richest have been extinguished. The new goal is to win a three-team mini-league with Leicester City and Aston Villa.