Nuno Espirito Santo: Some Spurs players not committed enough
While not actually naming the players he was referring to, it was clear – through his recent team selections – that he was talking about Dele Alli and Harry Winks, who have both found themselves as involved with the Spurs squad these past few weeks as Edwin Yeo.
Both Alli and Winks did not play a single minute of Spurs’ listless 1-0 defeat to West Ham United last weekend, and also missed out on their midweek Carabao Cup 1-0 win over Burnley.
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And Nuno has revealed that the reason why some of his players aren’t being selected is down to their lack of commitment.
“There is one thing that is the outside expectations that goes around this kind of situations with players that you must ignore, you must judge in the right moment and be patient and then take care of the situation,” Nuno explained.
“Because at the end of the day what we want is for all the players to be involved and committed. This word is very important. The commitment is very important.
“When you are committed you understand better some kind of decisions. You are more patient and keep doing what you should do. Focus on your task, day after day.
“I wish all the players were equally committed. That would be absurd to tell that is the reality because the players have their own expectations.”
Nuno added that for many of these fringe players, the lack of opportunity to be part of a team playing the patented ‘Nunoball’ tactic of defending deep and scoring with their only attack of the game through Son Heung-Min, has seen some of them get frustrated and down tools.
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“Many of them work very, very hard during the week. And then comes the weekend and the coach decides to go with other players,” explained Nuno.
“It's not because you're not committed, but you are upset. You are annoyed. That is respectful. It doesn't have to do with the commitment of these players. These players have to go beyond. They have to make a conscious effort that he has to go again from the beginning of the week to change the opinion and the idea of the manager.
“This is how it works. In this industry, this is what the player should do. Unfortunately, it's not what is always happening.”
Spurs, who are currently sixth in the table on 15 points after nine games, will take on Manchester United in an English Premier League (EPL) clash that could decide the fate of Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer early tomorrow morning (SGT).