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It seems a lifetime ago that Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo won the Manager of the Month award after leading his side to three wins in his first three Premier League games in charge. Fast-forward 17 days and pressure is beginning to mount on the Portuguese coach following Spurs’ dismal recent run of form.
A chastening 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace was followed by a loss of the same scoreline to Chelsea.
But it was Sunday’s woeful 3-1 collapse against bitter rivals Arsenal which was undoubtedly the low point so far in Nuno’s reign in North London.
Express Sport will take a look at four big changes the 47-year-old needs to make immediately if he is to save himself from the sack…
Play the new signings
Nuno’s starting XI at the Emirates did not contain even one of the new players Spurs had splashed out on over the summer, with centre-back Cristian Romero, winger Bryan Gil, full-back Emerson Royal and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini all on the bench.
A dreadful first-half forced Nuno into action, and he brought on Emerson during the break, while Gil came on with 20 minutes to go.
And there is an argument to be made that this duo were Spurs’ two brightest looking players as they ended up winning the second-half.
It seems bizarre that the highly-rated Romero is not featuring ahead of the shaky-looking Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez, while Gil has looked their most promising attacking outlet when he has been on the pitch.
The time for integration is over, and Nuno simply has to put the new boys in from the off in Spurs’ next Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Get Kane firing again
It can’t be a coincidence that Spurs’ alarming slump has coincided with Harry Kane going off the boil.
Their talismanic striker has looked a shadow of his former self so far this season, and is yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.
Whether his mind is elsewhere following the Manchester City transfer saga over the summer is up for debate, but regardless of this it cannot be denied that Nuno is not getting the best out of the England captain at the moment.
Some would argue Kane needs to be playing further up the pitch and stop dropping so deep to receive the ball, while others would point to his poor finishing in the North London Derby and argue that he himself is to blame.
Whatever the case, Nuno needs to find a solution – and quickly.
Give up on Dele Alli
At a certain point you simply have to accept the fact that a player is never going to be the same as they once were.
And that is exactly what Spurs have to do with Dele Alli, who was totally anonymous once again against Arsenal before being withdrawn at half-time.
Alli has featured in all of the Lilywhites’ Premier League games so far this season, and Nuno clearly feels he can bring out the best in the underperfoming star.
But a record of one goal (a penalty) and zero assists suggest that his faith is misplaced, and it is time for Nuno to look elsewhere for inspiration and creativity.
Find a way to get shots in
Spurs have looked woeful going forward of late, and the statistics speak for themselves.
In the Premier League they rank bottom for shots, chances from open play, big chances and distance covered.
And only Wolves and Norwich have scored fewer than the measly four they have managed in the division.
For a club that traditionally pride themselves on attacking football it is nowhere near good enough, and while supporters may accept the odd defeat, they will certainly not stay patient for long if this type of football continues.
Nuno has plenty to ponder.