Nuno Espirito Santo to deal with Harry Winks and Dele Alli in private

Nuno Espirito Santo vows to deal with the futures of Harry Winks and Dele Alli ‘personally and in private’, insisting there are no concerns over the pair having dropped them for Carabao Cup win at Burnley

  • Nuno Espirito Santo would not be drawn on future of Harry Winks and Dele Alli 
  • Spurs coach left both players out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win at Burnley
  • It’s a situation that we have to work, we have to improve all the players,’ he said
  • Tottenham host Manchester United looking to respond to West Ham defeat 

Nuno Espirito Santo insists his focus is on the present rather than what may happen with any of his players in January and insists he will deal with any personal issues behind closed doors.

The future of midfielders Dele Alli and Harry Winks were thrown into further doubt after they were left out of Spurs’s midweek Carabao Cup win at Burnley.

Winks, who spoke candidly about his situation following Spurs’s Europa Conference League tie at Vitesse Arnhem, was also omitted from the defeat at West Ham last Sunday.

Tottenham coach Nuno Espirito Santo said he would deal with any player issues in private

Harry Winks was left out of the team against Burnley after being dropped against West Ham

Tottenham head coach Nuno insisted there is nothing to worry about in relation to the two players and added: ‘We are talking about January. So far away. We have to focus on what we have to do now. 

‘All the players, with all the players. All the personal situations, I address them personally.

‘I speak, when I have to speak, privately. Say the things, listen to the things that the players have to say and this how we deal with things not here. I take care of them personally.

Midfielder Winks spoke candidly about his lack of playing time with Spurs last week

Dele Alli was also left out of the squad against Burnley and has endured a long slump in form

‘They are our players. They are here with us. There is nothing to worry about. It’s a situation that we have to work, we have to improve all the players. 

‘There are momentums on the performance of the players. This is the squad. Making decisions, taking advantage of the moment, the talent, what we want for the game. We count with all the players.’

Tottenham will be looking for a lift when they host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday in a huge game for both side’s under-pressure managers. 

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