Nuno gives his verdict after Tottenham beaten by Palace
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Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici is hoping to sign Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez in January according to reports. The Spurs chief is preparing a “suitable offer” after failing in initial attempts to bring the player in during the summer.
Nandez has impressed in Serie A with Cagliari, showing positional flexibility with his capability to play in central midfield, the right wing and as a right-back.
The Uruguay international has made 72 appearances in all competitions for the Italian club since joining from Boca Juniors in 2019.
Spurs were one of a number of clubs reportedly interested during the summer, with AS Roma, Napoli and Inter Milan also linked, with Paratici having been impressed by the player during his time working in Italy.
And Italian transfer expert Niccolo Ceccarini now claims that the midfield could leave in January if a suitable replacement is found.
Tottenham were active in Paratici’s first transfer window at the club this summer, with the addition of 23-year-old centre-back Christian Romero from Atalanta the headline signing.
Spurs also brought in Bryan Gil from Sevilla, Pierluigi Gollini from Atalanta, Pape Sarr from Metz, and Emerson Royal from Barcelona.
Goalkeeper Gollini was the only player over the age of 23 among the summer additions, and while Nandez would represent a departure from that buying-young philosophy, his versatility would be a useful asset for manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
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Nuno’s Spurs dropped their first points of the Premier League season with a dramatic 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Spurs went into the game missing some key personnel, and the situation became worse when Eric Dier was forced off with injury early in the game and young Japhet Tanganga was sent off in the second half.
“We knew it was going to be tough, but we didn’t perform like we showed before, and, honestly, I believe we should do much better in all aspects of the game,” Nuno said.
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Spurs managed just two attempts on goal in the match and only a single effort on target, and the head coach admitted that the lack of creativity was a serious concern.
“We didn’t create enough, we didn’t have the ball enough, we made mistakes,” he said. “There are a lot of things we have to work on.”
Nuno will hope to see his side bounce back in the short-term against Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday, prior to hosting Chelsea in the Premier League next weekend.
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