Nuno has to show attacking intent to prove himself even in defeat
Tottenham fans won’t take to Nuno unless he shows attacking intent.
The Portuguese tactician has had this Tottenham side looking as drab as they were under Jose Mourinho.
Against Crystal Palace on the weekend the midfield diamond deployed was turgid.
Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli provided very little creativity.
Those four simply cannot be relied upon alone in the middle.
Skipp and Hojbjerg provide superb cover for the defence but aren’t creative.
Winks is a good tempo setter but isn’t a consistent chance creator.
Whilst Dele has shown strong running from midfielder but works better as a scorer than a creator.
Going into this weekend’s clash with Chelsea, Nuno Espirito Santo simply has to make changes.
Even if the Lilywhites are comfortably beaten, the fans will be more open to it if they see their side go in with attacking intent.
In Bryan Gil and Tanguy Ndombele Tottenham have creative, attacking options.
Should neither of them feature against Chelsea there will be uproar from the fans.
That is at least if injury returns go against Spurs.
The latest injury update isn’t too promising, either.
Heung-Min Son and Eric Dier are doubts for Chelsea, although Steven Bergwijn looks like he could return (Football.London).
All Nuno has to do to get the fans back onside after the weekend is to show that he’s learned from the Palace game.
If he can prove that the dreadful football at Selhurst Park was a blip then the fans will be quick to get back behind him.
The Chelsea game will be incredibly difficult but if Tottenham fly out of the traps then the fans will quickly be behind the team.
Even if Chelsea leave North London with a win, the supporters want something to cling on to.
An Ndombele return, a Gil cameo or even just a Bergwijn return with licence to attack would have the fans excited.
It doesn’t take a lot, but the fans just need to see intent.