Wolves take on Tottenham Hotspur today in the Premier League – and it’s a first return to Molineux for Nuno Espirito Santo.

It will be a full house at long last, and it promises to be a very intriguing game.

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Nuno Espirito Santo (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

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Hopefully, Bruno Lage can get the team off the mark today against his predecessor.

Of course, today’s opposing manager has been getting a lot of column inches.

He achieved a lot during his four years as manager at Wolves.

But The Telegraph make an interesting claim today as the match draws nearer.

They have an article about why Nuno’s ‘love affair’ with Wolves had to come to an end.

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Youri Tielemans (Photo by Stephen White – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It’s explained his communication skills were lacking, and there was a reluctance to get involved with areas of the club beyond the first-team.

There is some talk about transfer targets, and mention of two players that might have joined on his watch.


Apparently, recruitment staff had recommended Youri Tielemans – then of AS Monaco – to Nuno, but a potential deal was ‘effectively vetoed’.

Leander Dendoncker’s Belgium teammate has since gone on to become a top player at Leicester City after moving for £40 million (BBC Sport).

It is also stated South Korea international Hwang Hee-chan was frequently scouted.

The board had signed off on a potential deal to get him in, but Nuno is said to have called it off.

Interesting claims

That Tielemans might have become a Wolves player is not particularly nice to think about.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

And Hwang Hee-chan has not set the world alight at RB Leipzig since transferring there last year, but had impressed at RB Salzburg and would have been taken by a lot of Wolves fans.

Hopefully under Lage, there won’t be any more cases of missing out on players who have brilliant potential.

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