Tottenham stars ‘baffled’ by Nuno Espirito Santo transfer decision before Daniel Levy axe

Nuno sacked by Tottenham after fifth Premier League defeat of the season

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Inside reports emanating from Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly claimed players were baffled by the transfers under Nuno Espirito Santo’s ill-fated managerial reign. The former Wolves manager was shown the door at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, less than 48 hours after their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United.

It was a tumultuous 17 games for the Portuguese boss, who had to navigate his way through the job while constantly banishing rumours around Harry Kane’s future.

The England captain looked to be on his way out of North London as Manchester City stalked the clinical hitman.

Unfortunately, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy refused to part with the striker, who went on to remain with the club.

However, it has also been reported by the Athletic, Spurs’ stars were ‘baffled’ by the fact the club were chasing Santo’s former player Adama Traore, instead of a new back-up striker to Kane and a new central midfielder.

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In the previous season, Jose Mourinho was able to call upon on loan Benfica star Carlos Vinicius.

The powerful Brazilian centre forward was a key asset to the club, leading the line in Kane’s absence and contributing ten goals and three assists in 22 appearances.

Despite his respectable performances, Spurs chose not to take up the £36m option to buy at the end of the season.

Spurs were very active in the transfer window, signing Cristian Romero, Bryan Gil, Emerson Royal, and Pape Sarr for a combined total of around £100m.

However, Romero and Royal have struggled to adapt to the Premier League, while the jury is out on Gil who is yet to have started a league match.

Despite a difficult pre-season dominated by Kane’s speculation in combination with his delayed return to the side due to Euro 2020, Santo’s spell at Tottenham began impeccably.

He began the campaign with three consecutive 1-0 victories in the Premier League, including against Manchester City in their first domestic match of the season.

However, three consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Chelsea, which saw Spurs concede three goals in each match, had Santo on the ropes.

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While back to back victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle appeared to have put the club back on track, they followed it up with back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Manchester United.

The 3-0 home defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side proved to be the final straw as he was sacked less than 24 hours after the contest, with the club floundering in eighth position.

In a statement released to the official club website, managing director of football Fabio Paratici said: “I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision.

“Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here.

We would like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio reported former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has ‘landed in London’ and is reportedly set to sign an 18-month contract with Spurs.

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