Tottenham’s winners and losers after Nuno sacking: Dele Alli given lifeline; Good news for Harry Kane?

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Tottenham have parted company with manager Nuno Espirito Santo after just 17 games in charge and are moving quickly in their search to appointment his replacement.

Spurs are in talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and the arrival of a new manager will have implications for players in the Spurs squad.  

Just as was the case when Jose Mourinho was shown the door back in April, Nuno's departure will be good news for certain players while for others it may not be.

Here, Standard Sport assesses the winners and losers in the Tottenham squad after Nuno's sacking...

Watch: Antonio Conte appointed new Tottenham head coach

WINNERS

Dele Alli

Initially it looked as if Dele had found a new role under Nuno, playing deeper as a more combative central midfielder.

However, the former England international has not started a Premier League game since the embarrassing defeat to north London rivals Arsenal back in September and looks to be back to square one having fallen from grace since his peak under Mauricio Pochettino.

But the arrival of a new manager could give him a Spurs lifeline.

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Harry Kane 

The England captain has endured a torrid start to the season.

Kane may have scored goals for his country and padded his stats for the season in the Europa Conference League. But he has one solitary goal in the Premier League, against Newcastle in late October, and has looked completely out of sorts since missing out on a move to Manchester City over the summer.

Kane has looked suffocated by Nuno's system and will relish the chance of working with a new manager.

Harry Winks

Once hailed as the answer to England's midfield problems, Winks has fallen a long way over the past year. 

Having become a key figure under Pochettino, Winks has since been bombed out by both Mourinho and Nuno.

Winks spoke honestly about his frustrations following Tottenham's defeat to Vitesse Arnhem last month and was critical of the manager's rotation. The midfielder has not been named in a matchday squad in the three games since.

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LOSERS

Oliver Skipp

The academy graduate has established himself as a first-team fixture under Nuno following his return from a season on loan with Norwich.

Skipp has been a silver lining in an otherwise unhappy start to the season for Tottenham, though the youngster could face the axe if a new manager decides to look to experienced players to get Spurs out of their slump.

Tanguy Ndombele

Having fought back from the brink under both Mourinho and Nuno, Ndombele faces the prospect of being dropped by a new boss weeks after returning to the fold under the old one.

The Frenchman has shown flashes of brilliance during his time at Tottenham but is yet to find a consistent level of performance, which will certainly be a concern for any new appointment. 

But Conte was keen on a move for Ndombele during his time as Inter Milan manager, so it would be intriguing to see their relationship. 

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