Fabio Paratici and Nuno Espirito Santo facing an £89m question amid Tottenham’s dismal run

Nuno Espirito Santo chose to start none of his summer signings to play in the North London Derby on Sunday, which many fans may have been left questioning.

Tottenham and Fabio Paratici brought in five new players during the summer transfer window for a combined fee of around £89.5million: Pierluigi Gollini (loan), Cristian Romero (£42m), Bryan Gil (£21.6m), Emerson Royal (£25.8m) and Pape Matar Sarr (undisclosed), with the latter being loaned back to Metz.

All four signings who are currently in north London have had chances to show what they can do, as they have all made appearances in the 2021/22 campaign so far.

However, when it came down to the biggest game of the season so far, none of them were in the Portuguese head coach’s starting XI and the Lilywhites lost 3-1.

The North London Derby is a fixture that fans are always excited about and it’s seen as one of, if not the, biggest game of the season.

This is also expected of the players and both clubs hope their team put on their best performance to try and get three points against their rivals.

Tottenham looked anything but up for the game on Sunday, with a poor performance and one that seemed to lack passion and desire to get anything from the fixture. This is perhaps where you might expect some of the new arrivals to get a chance in the starting XI.

Starting at a new club and in a new league can take some time to adapt, but there is also a question of how long do you wait and how much time do you give them to settle in before throwing them into big games such as the recent one?

You expect that Fabio Paratici has signed players that want to come to the club and want to get game time, so why are they being left on the bench?

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Bryan Gil came on for the final 20 minutes at the Emirates.
Bryan Gil came on for the final 20 minutes at the Emirates.

If these players have come to north London they will be expected to be given a chance to play and with the lack of desire the starting XI seemed to have against Mikel Arteta’s side, there may be questions as to why Espirito Santo didn’t choose to start any of the new faces.

Pierluigi Gollini joined the club on a season-long loan from Atalanta, with an option to buy if he plays in 20 matches for Spurs. The 26-year-old has played in all Europa Conference League games so far and in the recent Carabao Cup fixture against Wolves.

It seems he will play in these competitions, whilst Hugo Lloris keeps his place in the Premier League starting XI and I don’t think many fans see an issue with that.

The problems seem to lie with the outfield players, who have shown glimpses of their quality but are still not making the starting XI.

Emerson signed from Barcelona and has Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty to compete with for his position at right-back. The Brazilian started the games against Crystal Palace and Chelsea but was dropped to the bench against Arsenal and replaced with Tanganga.

Doherty hasn’t had much of a look in this season, apart from in the Europa Conference League games and in the final ten minutes of the opening Man City fixture.

The competition seems to be between Tanganga and Emerson, with the Englishman being chosen to start at the Emirates Stadium, perhaps because of his slightly more defensive style.

Emerson needs time to get familiar with playing in the Premier League and with his teammates but he will need to do that through regular game time and with him replacing Tanganga at half-time in the North London Derby, we may see that in upcoming fixtures.

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Romero has featured in the Europa Conference League, Carabao Cup and Premier League so far this season.

The Serie A defender of the year also signed from Atalanta and is competing with Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez and Joe Rodon for a position in the centre of defence.



Cristian Romero didn't play a single minute in the North London Derby on Sunday.
Cristian Romero didn’t play a single minute in the North London Derby on Sunday.

Dier and Sanchez had a solid start to the season and looked like they had the potential to be a successful partnership, but their performance on Sunday was far from good.

The Argentine is another signing who needs game time to find his feet in the league and find which other central defender he can be most effective alongside.

Gil is the newest addition to the attack and has shown his energy and potential in the games he has featured in so far, in the 2021/22 campaign.

The 20-year-old started the game against Wolves in the Carabao Cup and provided some creativity in midfield, especially in the first half, before scoring a penalty in the shootout to help take Spurs through.

The Spaniard came on as a substitute in the North London Derby to replace Tanguy Ndombele in the 70th minute and at least looked like he wanted to try and help the Lilywhites get something out of the game. He put a couple of crosses into the box and again showed his potential for Espirito Santo’s side.

After three back-to-back Premier League defeats, with nine goals being conceded in that time, something needs to change in the Tottenham team to get them back to their winning ways from the start of the season.

With nearly £90m spent on the four signings in north London, the Tottenham boss needs to find a way to make use of them in the squad.

Source by Football London

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