Tottenham Hotspur are just two weeks away from the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season and Nuno Santo will be looking to vastly improve on their seventh-place finish last term.
The North London outfit have made some moves in the transfer market, signing two new players, and they still have plenty of time to make further additions before the start of the campaign, whilst some loan players have returned to give the Portuguese plenty of options.
Spurs begin with a tough fixture as defending champions Manchester City come to the capital to kickstart their Premier League title defence on August 15th.
But what will life under Nuno look like? Football FanCast predicts the XI we could see line up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for that game…
It’s believed that Nuno will deploy a back four, rather than his tried and tested three-man defence which had so much success at Molineux, and that could be bolstered by two defensive additions.
Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu has been one main target for sporting director Fabio Paratici and his possible arrival would substantially aid Nuno’s ideal system.
“The logic, I understand, in going for Tomiyasu is that he will tuck in to allow [Nuno] Espirito Santo’s system to quickly flip from a back four to a back three, and allow Sergio Reguilon to bomb on like an attacking left wing-back, which we know will get the best out of him,” claimed football.london reporter Alasdair Gold.
Another signing could be Atalanta centre-back Cristian Romero, who seems likely to follow his former teammate Pierluigi Gollini, to Spurs.
Both Romero and Tomiyasu should slot in ahead of club captain Hugo Lloris and alongside Sergio Reguilon and ball-playing defender Eric Dier in the backline.
In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele are likely to remain as first-choice options but they could be joined by the returning Oliver Skipp, who impressed during a loan spell at Championship winners Norwich City last season.
There could be a third and final debutant in the starting XI following the arrival of Bryan Gil from Sevilla, who arrived in a swap deal for Erik Lamela. That right-wing place is up for grabs, with Gareth Bale back at Real Madrid.
The young Spaniard could be favoured over Steven Bergwijn in an attack which should contain the potent Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.