Jose Mourinho’s tenure at Tottenham Hotspur is teetering on the brink with Julian Nagelsmann being lined up as his successor, according to a report by the Telegraph.
The report states Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has made RB Leipzig’s highly regarded coach his top target to replace Mourinho if the Portuguese coach fails to turn his side’s fortunes around.
The Telegraph says the Spurs boss has 12 “crucial” days to turn Tottenham’s season around. In that time, the north London club faces Wolfsberger in the Europa League and Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
If Mourinho fails and Nagelsmann is lured from Leipzig, here are three Spurs players we think could benefit from the decision.
One player who wouldn’t miss Mourinho is Ryan Sessegnon.
Once regarded as one of the ‘golden boys’ of English football, the 20-year-old’s promising career has taken a downturn since he signed from Fulham in 2019.
His first few months at Tottenham were hampered by injury. The rest of Sessegnon’s time was spent being overlooked by Mourinho, who has a poor record of promoting youngsters.
In frustration, Sessegnon joined the exodus of young English talent to Germany. He has taken refuge this season on loan at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.
Sessegnon has already made more career appearances for Hoffenheim than for Spurs. He even featured against Nagelsmann’s Leipzig last year.
If the German did take over, Sessegnon would hope to undergo the same transformation as Angelino.
Nagelsmann brought the Spaniard in from the cold after being shunned by Manchester City. Now he’s one of the best left-backs in Europe.
Nagelsmann has a good track record of turning relatively unknown quantities into world-class players.
Dayot Upamecano is just one example. He arrived from Leipzig’s sister club, Red Bull Salzburg, four years ago with plenty of promise and little else.
Fast forward to the present day and Upamecano is one of the most renowned players on the planet.
Japhet Tanganga may prove to be Nagelsmann’s next development project.
Spurs’ youthful defender has yet to truly establish himself in the first team but has shown glimpses of why he deserves to be there.
Tanganga just needs the right guidance and set-up to push him to the next level.
Nagelsmann is certainly that type of mentor. Not only that, his preference for wing-backs could suit Tanganga’s skill set perfectly – as it would Sessegnon.
If Spurs are to start afresh with Nagelsmann in charge, Dele Alli deserves a clean slate too.
Not long ago, Alli was an England regular and the main focus in Tottenham’s generational squad.
Alli’s international position has disintegrated, as has his status at club level.
He has started just once in the Premier League this campaign and only six more across all competitions.
A new Nagelsmann era could be the reawakening of Alli. Such a talented player has spent too much time slumbering in the shadows.
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