Nuno Espirito Santo has claimed ‘anything is possible’ for Harry Winks and Dele Alli after leaving the midfielders at home as Tottenham Hotspur beat Burnley, via football.london.
Spurs visited Turf Moor on Wednesday night for their Carabao Cup last 16 tie and emerged 1-0 victors. Lucas Moura scored the only goal on 68-minutes, coming off the bench and diverting a forceful header past Nick Pope.
Nuno stuck with his now established midfield pair of Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg with Giovani Lo Celso in front. Skipp has established a key role since replacing Alli at half-time as Tottenham lost at Arsenal last month. In what remains the £100k-a-week England international’s most recent Premier League outing after three as an unused substitute.
Winks has also not featured in the top-flight since Tottenham visited Crystal Palace and Nuno suffered his first league defeat. With the 25-year-old – who recently admitted he may consider leaving – left on the bench three times and omitted entirely twice.
Nuno non-committal on Winks and Alli roles
Alli and Winks would have hoped to force their way into Nuno’s Carabao Cup plans for Tottenham’s trip to Burnley. But they watched the game from home instead, and Nuno offered a non-committal response afterwards to what is to come for both.
“Not just Dele, it was Harry also. They are our players, we continue to focus on getting the best out of each of our players,” Nuno said. “Dele is one of the cases we have to try and improve.”
Adding on whether either could face Manchester United: “We are going to travel [back to north London]. We have a training session tomorrow [Thursday] and we will assess all the players, like we always do. They are our players so anything is possible; this is my answer.”
End of the road for Tottenham duo?
Nuno’s latest snub could mark Winks and Alli’s latest steps toward the end of their time as Tottenham players. The Portuguese chose to leave the duo at home on Wednesday night, with Alli’s Turf Moor absence not through injury.
Winks had also started to weigh up his future at Spurs before Nuno decided he was not worth taking to Burnley. He may now look to leave, with The Sun reporting Newcastle United are considering a January transfer. Adding further Premier League experience to their squad, as their new Saudi-led owners do not want a complete mid-season overhaul.