Nuno committed to getting best out of Dele Alli and Harry Winks with January transfer window ‘so far away’

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Nuno Espirito Santo is determined to get the best out of Harry Winks and Dele Alli after playing down concern over their immediate Tottenham futures.

Winks and Dele were left out of the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Burnley, leaving their futures at the club under Nuno into doubt.

Winks is desperate for regular first-team football and will consider his options if January if he continues to be overlooked, while Dele is likely to be of the same mind.

The pair are unlikely to start Saturday’s crunch League game against Manchester United but Nuno refused to say if they would return to the squad.

“They are our players, they are here with us,” said Nuno, who revealed he would not decide the squad to face United until after Friday afternoon’s training session.

“There’s nothing to be worried about. It’s a situation that we have to work on, we have to improve all the players.

“This is a squad. Making decisions, taking advantage of the moment, the talent, what we want for the game. All the players we count on.

“[The] January [transfer window is] so far away, so far away, we have to focus on what we do now. With all of the players, all of the personal situations of the players I address them personally.

“When I have to speak, I speak privately or listen to things the players have to say. This is how we deal. Not here [in a press conference]. You will never see me in a press conference addressing issues with players. I deal with it personally.”

Both managers are under pressure to get a result on Saturday, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fighting for his job following the 5-0 humiliation against Liverpool and Nuno needing a response to a fourth London derby defeat of the season against West Ham.

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The Spurs manager said in his first interview in June that he wanted to “make fans proud” and he reiterated that that was his objective at the club.

“We started the competition really well, the first international break we had a big step backwards in terms of what we wanted to achieve as a team but we were able to recover,” he said.

“And this is normal, when you have a good result, the expectations go very high, but you cannot forget that we are still in the process of finding the right way for us.

“As absurd as it seems, we are still chasing what we said at the beginning, making our fans proud. We keep chasing it every day.”

Winger Bryan Gil is set to be assessed after training on Friday after being forced off in Wednesday Carabao Cup win over Burnley, while Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) is still sidelined.

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