'This is really disappointing': Chris Sutton takes aim at £146,000-a-week Tottenham man
Chris Sutton has taken to Twitter to criticise Nuno Espirito Santo, after he admitted to ignoring the heading limit guidelines at Tottenham.
What’s the story?
Well, Nuno probably shouldn’t have owned up to this.
Amid links to neurodegenerative diseases, clubs have been advised not to exceed ten high-force headers a week.
When asked about defending set-pieces, the Daily Mail quote Nuno as saying: “Honestly, I will not lie to you, I don’t count how many times our players head the ball. Maybe I will get myself in trouble for this, but football is jumping, heading, it’s part of the game.”
Another source told the Daily Mail that one Premier League Executive believes clubs just have to be seen to be doing something.
It’s safe to say it doesn’t sound like the issue is being taken seriously.
After hearing this, Sutton – who campaigns strongly to help those suffering from dementia after football – tweeted the following.
This is really disappointing and dangerous. Maybe it would be good if Nuno visited former players suffering from Dementia in the latter stages of their condition. It may change his and Spurs thinking.👇 https://t.co/C5BsmseS3O— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) September 25, 2021
Clearly, the Celtic legend is livid with the £146,000-a-week Spurs man.
In fairness to Tottenham and Nuno…
For the record, we aren’t disagreeing with Sutton here, nor are we playing down links to neurodegenerative diseases in football.
It’s a major issue, and many ex-footballers have suffered from dementia.
Joe Kinnear is one who is currently struggling, while Nobby Styles, Jack Charlton, Ray Wilson and Martin Peters have all died after suffering from it.
We feel what Nuno is trying to say is that it’s extremely tough to keep a limit of these kind of things in football – headers are often an instinct.
For example, if a whipped cross is flying towards Harry Kane at Hotspur Way with plenty of pace on it, is it going to register in his mind that he should leave it?
Of course not – naturally, Kane, and many other players, are going to powerfully head it towards goal. Over and over again.
In our view, protective headgear should come in if measures are to be taken, rather than informing clubs to have heading limits.
Clearly, very few clubs are taking the restriction seriously.