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What Matt Doherty once said about Spurs target Nuno Espirito Santo

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What Matt Doherty once said about Spurs target Nuno Espirito Santo

Jose Mourinho is in danger of being replaced by one of his former players, with the Daily Express reporting this week that Spurs could target Nuno Espirito Santo if a change is made this summer.

Nuno has done a brilliant job at Wolves. He has taken the club from the Championship to the Europa League. And they now appear to be established back in the top flight.

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The Daily Express notes that he will not come cheap. They report that Wolves would want £8 million in compensation should another club come calling for Nuno.

But judging by comments Matt Doherty once made about the Portuguese, it would appear that the right-back may believe that he would be worth the outlay.

Doherty, of course, joined Spurs from Wolves for £15 million last summer. It came after he had enjoyed the best spell of his career to date while at Molineux.

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And in December 2019, he outlined just how influential Nuno had been during his time with Wolves.

“Tactically we leave meetings before games thinking ‘there is no way we cannot win this game’,” he said, as reported by the Express and Star.

 

“That is what he does. You leave the meeting and think ‘I know how to beat them. We know they cannot get through us’.

“So tactically I think he is on another level. He is a world class manager and his man management skills are also excellent.”

There was a time when you would not have struggled to find some suggesting that Mourinho was on another level tactically.

Joining Spurs would be a step up for Nuno. So there would be an element of risk attached if Daniel Levy did decide to make a change.

But with Mourinho arguably struggling to take Tottenham forward, taking that gamble may be becoming a lot more tempting.

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