Deflated ex-Spurs man makes prediction for Nuno’s first season

Date published: Saturday 17th July 2021 11:42 - Joe Williams

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Former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara can only see the club aiming to finish in the top six this season “unless there’s a big overhaul”.

There’s a lot of uncertainty around the club with fans unsure if Harry Kane will remain this season, while chairman Daniel Levy is yet to sign any new players.

New Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says he has been told to count on having Kane around next season, but Gareth Bale will not be returning.


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Nuno came into the job 72 days after Jose Mourinho was sacked amid a chaotic recruitment process that saw Spurs go through an extensive list of candidates.

Erik Ten Hag, Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte all held talks, Paulo Fonseca was about to get the job until Gennaro Gattuso was lined up, only to be ditched after a negative fan reaction.

That ended up with the former Wolves boss, who was clearly not first choice, being appointed earlier this month.

And O’Hara – who played 56 times for Tottenham – has little faith Spurs can aim for anything more than a top-six finish this campaign.

On Spurs target for next season, O’Hara told talkSPORT: “Top six. I think a lot of Spurs fans will agree with me, unless there’s a big overhaul.

“I like Nuno as a manager. He did a great job at Wolves, played some great football. The 3-4-3 got the best out of a lot of players and we saw the emergence of some great players like Ruben Neves. I’m excited to see what he can do at a really big club like Spurs.

“What I’m worried about is that the squad is just going to be the same. I can’t see there being a revamp.

“There’s this whole thing about Harry Kane, will he stay or will he go but my biggest concern is the players we’re still going to be left with.

“I’ve talked about this massive rebuild but I just can’t see it happening. Pre-season has already started, Spurs aren’t going to be spending a lot of money, the Harry Kane situation will rumble on so that money’s not going to be available for a while.

“I think Nuno will get decent results with this team but they won’t do anything special.

“The rest of the team needs revamping. We need new midfielders, new wingers, we need a new back four and could probably do with a new goalkeeper because Hugo Lloris is getting older.”

 

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