Nuno the Spurs man with point to prove at Crystal Palace
Spurs fans have been given reason for cautious optimism in the opening weeks of Nuno Espirito Santo’s tenure as his side prepare for their trip to Crystal Palace this weekend.
Tottenham top the Premier League. Three 1-0 victories mean that they are the only side still boasting a perfect record so far this season.
But supporters know all too well how quickly the situation can change. Victory in December’s North London derby took Spurs to the summit last year.
However, from there, Jose Mourinho’s side won two of their next 10 league games.
Any title talk was quickly shelved.
So Nuno – who Matt Doherty labelled world-class this summer – still has a lot of work to do. And perhaps, no member of the Spurs team actually has a bigger point to prove this weekend given the club’s next opposition.
It was Crystal Palace who entered into talks with the Portuguese early on in the summer. And it seems that an agreement was incredibly close.
However, it was suggested by The Telegraph that talks broke down as they discussed the backroom team Nuno would bring with him to Selhurst Park.
Ultimately, Palace landed Patrick Vieira. And Nuno went on to become Spurs boss.
Crystal Palace fixture brings Spurs’ decision to appoint Nuno back into focus
A lot of Tottenham fans seemed underwhelmed by the appointment. And it seems more than likely that Palace’s reluctance to give him the job probably played a part in that.
There now looks to be belief that Nuno could potentially lead Spurs back up the table. But that optimism could quickly evaporate if their promising start is not built upon.
A win against Palace on its own may not see his stock rise sharply. But the fixture does bring back into the focus the links between the pair in the summer. And with that, it is natural for Spurs fans to reflect on that feeling of being underwhelmed by his arrival.
Defeat would make it easier for those supporters to have those conversations about whether the Eagles made the right decision after all.
Three points however, would silence more of his doubters, and increase the likelihood, ever so slightly, of those discussions never taking place.
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