Japhet Tanganga, one of Spurs’ more established young talents, has given an insight into the attacking focus of Nuno Espirito Santo’s first few weeks at Hotspur Way.
Nuno’s appointment after the turbulent search for Jose Mourinho’s replacement was largely met with scepticism. #NoToNuno began trending on Twitter after he became more heavily linked.
The reason behind this, was Wolves’ pragmatic, counter-attacking style over his time with the club.
Despite this, Nuno was extremely successful and brought Wolves from the Championship to the Europa League quarter-finals in just a couple of seasons.
However, some fans were naturally concerned that they would see a repeat of the conservative tactics of Nuno’s compatriot, Mourinho.
Fabio Paratici, in an interview with the club after the appointment of Nuno, spoke of his ability to play different systems and styles of play, pointing to his Valencia side in the 2014/15 season which played a more attacking 4-3-3.
It seems as though Tanganga has backed up the Italian’s claims as he tells of a greater emphasis on an attacking style in the opening weeks of the new manager’s tenure.
In an interview with football.london, he stressed: “I can tell you for sure that we’re going to be attacking.
“That’s because we’ve been working hard on it in training and on pressing, and implementing his ideas.
“I think the lads have been worked really hard and I’ve been worked really hard, so I think it’s going to be exciting times in these coming years.”
This seems to be cause for optimism from a Spurs fan’s perspective. Despite well-founded concerns, it seems that the consensus reached from Levy’s DNA criteria and Paratici’s more conservative approach has led to a place where the players can be optimistic and enjoy playing for this football club again.
It is, of course, very early days and we will look for further signs that Nuno’s style will match what the supporters want as we move through pre-season.
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