Fabio Paratici has singled out academy graduates Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp and Dane Scarlett for praise, admitting that they love Tottenham and understand the culture of the club.
It was a busy summer for Paratici after being appointed as Tottenham’s managing director of football.
The Italian has started rebuilding the squad with the acquisition of a younger crop of players while sanctioning the departure of first-team squad members including Joe Hart, Toby Alderweireld, Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier.
Some of Tottenham’s summer signings have not hit the ground running but the likes of Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil have already shown some glimpses of their quality.
Paratici admitted that Spurs are just at the beginning of their rebuild and insisted he has been pleased with the way the new arrivals are settling in.
The Italian told Spurs TV: “We are just in the beginning of our project. One month ago we spoke about a rebuild, not a build, a rebuild of the team and we started in the last transfer window,” he explained
“We are happy about Romero, we are happy about Emerson, Bryan Gil, who is now in the first national team of Spain, Gollini too was good. We renew the team, so we knew that we need time.”
Paratici also reserved praise for the Spurs academy graduates, Tanganga, Skipp and Scarlett, praising their work ethic and attitude.
He added: “We are very happy about Tanganga, Skippy and also Dane, they love the club. You feel they have something special about the club.
“They are so educated, that is the word I like a lot, they are so educated about culture of work and not just about football. So this is the most important thing because if you have this kind of skill you can really achieve your target.
“We have a small picture, but it’s important the small picture because it’s this season. This season is not just two months, it’s six, seven, eight months because we have to achieve our results to be the best we can do, work hard to win every game that we can win.”
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It fills me with optimism that Paratici (like Pochettino) is as concerned about building the right culture at the club as he is about on-pitch performances. Previous directors of football at Spurs like Damien Comolli and Franco Baldini were not as hands-on with the players.
I am not sure if Nuno feels comfortable with Paratici’s micromanagement but that is arguably necessary to ensure continuity over the long-term if Nuno’s appointment does not work as envisioned.
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