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Three masterful decisions by Jose Mourinho in first year at Tottenham

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Three masterful decisions by Jose Mourinho in first year at Tottenham

The Portuguese manager celebrates his first anniversary in North London today.

Jose Mourinho has today brought up a year in charge of Tottenham Hotspur and the progression is there for all to see.

Spurs were 14th in the Premier League when Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino and now sit second.

During 2020/21, Tottenham have lost just once and that came on the opening day at home to Everton.

The future looks bright for Spurs under the influence of Mourinho and an exciting season look on the horizon.

We reflect on a year in charge by looking at his time at the club and assessing the best three Mourinho decisions.

Re-signing Gareth Bale

The Real Madrid forward might not have quite taken off yet but his arrival back at Tottenham gave the whole place a left.

Stellar recruits haven’t always been easy to prise out of Daniel Levy but in less than a year in charge, Mourinho managed it.

Bale is only on loan until the end of the current campaign, although his days do look numbered at the Bernabeu.

 

At 31, the Wales international has lots left to offer and once he gets his fitness up he could thrive under Mourinho.

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v Tottenham Hotspur: Group J - UEFA Europa League

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Sticking with Tanguy Ndombele

The French bulldozer was heavily criticised by Mourinho when he first arrived at the club, barely featuring last season.

Fast forward a year, however, and the £63 million signing is one of Tottenham’s most improved players.

The 23-year-old has started six of Tottenham’s eight Premier League games this season and has two goals to his name in all competitions.

Ndombele is among the club’s highest earners but the transformation is evident and he now looks like a player who could be a Tottenham regular for years to come.

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Getting even more out of Harry Kane

This season has already been spectacular – even by Kane’s high standards.

He has found the net on 13 occasions, assisting a further 10 goals, with his all-round game now vastly improved.

The striker has struck up a telepathic understanding with Son Heung-min and it really has been a joy to watch.

Kane is no longer there to simply put the ball into the net.

As brilliant as he is at that trait, Mourinho has tweaked his role slightly and the England captain has become arguably the most complete centre-forward in world football.

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