Tottenham’s quarter-season report: Best player, transfer targets and overall grade

Premier League managerial departures so far this season

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Tottenham stormed to the top of the Premier League table in August as they won their first three games of the season. But their form has been diabolical ever since and Nuno Espirito Santo was sent packing at the start of last week.

Spurs have fallen to ninth in the table and are now 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Antonio Conte was brought in to replace Nuno just over 24 hours after the former Wolves boss was relieved of his duties.

And the Italian will now be under pressure to get his side’s campaign back on track.

Express Sport will now take a look at the team’s best and worst player as well as January transfer targets, before giving a final grade of Spurs’ season so far.

Best player so far – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

It’s hard to pinpoint a player who has excelled for Tottenham this season as the side have struggled to get a foothold in the majority of their encounters.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hasn’t missed a minute of Premier League action this season and has been his side’s best performer on a number of occasions.

The 26-year-old has protected his backline and launched attacks for his side due to his outstanding range of passing.

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Meanwhile, summer signing Cristian Romero has impressed since moving to north London, as has youngster Oliver Skipp.

Most disappointing player so far – Harry Kane

Harry Kane looked set to join Manchester City this summer but the deal was never completed after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy rebuffed the Citizens’ approaches.

And the England striker’s form has fallen off a cliff in light of his transfer disappointment.

Kane has won the Premier League golden boot three times in the past and is regarded as one of the finest strikers in the history of the game.

But this season he has found the back of the net just once in the Premier League and looks a long way off his best.

If Spurs are to experience an upturn in fortunes in the coming months, Conte will need to get the best out of his blockbuster star.

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January transfer targets

Tottenham will need to bolster their ranks if they are to launch an assault on a top-four finish this season.

Conte apparently wants to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, with Hugo Lloris’ contract set to expire next summer.

If Kane can’t produce the goods this campaign, Spurs may also offer big money to sign Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.

AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie has been linked with the north London club in recent weeks, while Conte is also apparently keen to bring Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale back to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Overall grade – C

Tottenham will be bitterly disappointed with their start to the season but have at least recognised Nuno was out of his depth.

Spurs now have an opportunity to move forward under Conte, who is regarded as one of the best managers in Europe.

Tottenham could have even been graded with a D if it weren’t for the fact they have qualified for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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