By Noel Whelan

12th Oct, 2021 | 11:00am

Nuno slammed for repeating Mourinho mistakes at Tottenham after Athletic reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo must find a style of play that “suits them” amid growing fan frustration.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Spurs’ defensive approach under Santo is similar to that of Jose Mourinho.

According to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein (October 4th), Tottenham can sack the 47-year-old next summer without having to pay any compensation – if he fails to deliver a top-six finish.

The Portuguese manager was handed a two-year deal by chairman Daniel Levy in June following his departure from Wolves.

He was drafted in for Tottenham’s rebuilding effort in the summer after the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April.

He has endured a mixed start that sees Spurs lie eighth in the table – and not without their critics.

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Whelan insisted Espirito Santo needs to find “some rhythm” to prevent himself from meeting the same fate as Mourinho.

“They need to step up their game,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They need to start showing more consistency in games and get into some sort of rhythm – it’s been too stop-start this season.

“They need to find a style of play that suits them because it’s been a bit too negative at times.

“The Tottenham fans expect exciting football matches and a bit more of an attacking style.

“We saw under Jose Mourinho that the defensive approach is not good to watch.

“It frustrated the fans at times because the array of attacking talent that they have wasn’t being used.”

Tottenham have created just 7.3 expected goals so far this season, the third-worst total in the Premier League (FBref).

Kane has failed to net in the league this season, with Golden Boot rival Mohamed Salah already notching six.

In other news, ex-manager makes Nuno sack prediction.