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spursfan77

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Agreed. Perhaps a better alternative became potentially available (in the coming summer, at the time) and so we felt it was better to pull out and concentrate elsewhere.

Otherwise agree - strange fact pattern for a talented kid representing a modest (by today’s standards) outlay

We signed Werner instead pretty much.
 

Col_M

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I don’t remember the details but didn’t HE choose Brentford over us? If that’s the case then Ange will have said Move on, I only want players that want to be here.
 

McFlash

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I don’t remember the details but didn’t HE choose Brentford over us? If that’s the case then Ange will have said Move on, I only want players that want to be here.
I thought we pulled out because the fee was creeping up beyond what we were looking to pay and his club were looking to start an auction.
I'm pretty sure we didn't even get to the stage of him choosing Brentford.
 

SuperLuka

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I’d still happily take Nusa as a second option alongside Neto. Unlikely I know but still, would be nice to get one younger attacker. That being said I’d take Doué over Nusa any day without question.
2 injury prone players, one that failed a medical, would be a serious risk. We could quite possibly play most of next season with the same attack as this season
 

Ruffinthepuffin

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2 injury prone players, one that failed a medical, would be a serious risk. We could quite possibly play most of next season with the same attack as this season
Technically you can’t fail a medical. You have a medical and then all the data is collated and it’s a risk assessment from then on.
 

Col_M

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I thought we pulled out because the fee was creeping up beyond what we were looking to pay and his club were looking to start an auction.
I'm pretty sure we didn't even get to the stage of him choosing Brentford.

well. Yes the selling club wanted a bidding war and Nusa agreed to go to Brentford. He could have said No, I want Spurs and that would have been for Spurs and his club to agree or not agree a fee. So he Chose Brentford. No one forces a player to go to a specific club
 

BorjeSpurs

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@Ghost Hardware keen to get your view on Nusa v Neto based on where we are as a club at the moment in our trajectory, as hard to see us going for both especially with Werner signed

If you search for Ghost posts in this thread you'll find 9 pages worth on his thoughts on Nusa 😁

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rabbikeane

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The knee is most likely how Brentford managed to pull out of a deal that became too expensive for them. It surprised Nusa's team and the Norwegian national team who called him home for their own medical check which found nothing. But there's been issues with his back, linked to his growth, which is why his club has been careful and used him sparingly.
 

Ghost Hardware

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@Ghost Hardware keen to get your view on Nusa v Neto based on where we are as a club at the moment in our trajectory, as hard to see us going for both especially with Werner signed
I’m a big fan of Nusa. When we first got linked I was rather excited by the prospect as @BorjeSpurs kindly points out above 😂.

Putting aside injuries for a moment I think the sensible option, if it was one or the other, is to go for Neto. Truth is with Nusa whilst he has incredible potential he’s still raw and suffers from consistency issues. There’s games he will come on and look unstoppable and others were you will forget he’s on the pitch. It’s fairly common for youngsters and nothing worth being concerned about because the potential is clearly there but if he were to be our only attacking signing I’d be a little worried. Neto is just more of a finished product and even he is still developing. Neto would come straight into our line up and immediately be our best winger(bar Son if he stays on the wing that is). Nusa wouldn’t, in time I very much think he would but not for a few years.

Nusa at CP would make a lot of sense because he would be given more time to develop under less pressure. If we brought him in alongside Neto then that would also work as we wouldn’t require as much from him. Reality is the jump from the Belgian Pro League to the PL is significant and i wouldn’t expect much return from Nusa for at least a season. Obviously there is every chance he might surprise us but having watched a lot of him that increase in speed and physicality will take a bit of time to get used to. Once he does he will be a fantastic player, I have little doubt, but he will need time and nurturing.

As I’ve said before my personal preference for a younger attacker for this window is Doué partly because I believe he wouldn’t need so long to adapt. Physically he’s more developed and due to having played in CM he has no qualms going shoulder to shoulder or getting stuck in. Nusa isn’t slight but he isn’t stocky ether.

I love the idea of focusing primarily on youth prospects and just going for the likes Doué, Nusa, Soulé, Gray, Roger and Kılıçsoy etc. I think the only realistic way we fill our team with world class talent is by buying them young and I believe it’s an important part of taking this team forward long term. The reality is however if we want to compete for silverware now we need to balance our incomings with some more developed players. If we didn’t then there’s a good chance we would be onto our next manager by the time all the aforementioned players were delivering at a top level.

With that in mind Neto over Nusa is the right decision but alongside that I’d take Doué over Eze and I know many don’t agree with that.
 
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purplemonkey

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@Ghost Hardware - thoughts on Dario Osorio? I only came across him as he’s been linked heavily with a move to Liverpool but he looks like the real deal based purely on his YouTube reels and his performance against France. Seems like he’d be on the same list of targets as Nusa given their profiles. Lange would surely be aware of him too. Should he be in the conversation?
 

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@Ghost Hardware - thoughts on Dario Osorio? I only came across him as he’s been linked heavily with a move to Liverpool but he looks like the real deal based purely on his YouTube reels and his performance against France. Seems like he’d be on the same list of targets as Nusa given their profiles. Lange would surely be aware of him too. Should he be in the conversation?
Must say that surprises me a little. He’d certainly be a project signing if they get him and i guess his likely low value makes him an attractive target for the future. He’s well rated but personally I think he’s a long way away from being ready for the PL. He’s extremely raw, not particularly strong and has erratic decision making. I’ve maybe been a little underwhelmed the few times I’ve watched him although he has moments of magic and there is most certainly talent there. I’m not an expert on Midtjylland mind and only tuned in to watch him specifically because he was getting hyped up during the season. He has a good range of passing/crossing and solid shooting technique. Imo he would need a loan if any PL club were to get him, ether to the Championship or maybe the French or Dutch league. Although I do think he has potential he wouldn’t be a target for me at present as he needs a lot of work, Nusa is a year younger and I feel would be able to contribute more right off the bat. A prospect for sure but not one I would go for. As I’ve mentioned previously, if we wanted to go for young project right winger Roger Fernandes at Braga is the one I would probably go for. I wrote a scout report on him a while back.
 

McFlash

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well. Yes the selling club wanted a bidding war and Nusa agreed to go to Brentford. He could have said No, I want Spurs and that would have been for Spurs and his club to agree or not agree a fee. So he Chose Brentford. No one forces a player to go to a specific club
I thought we spoke to the club and player but that's as far as we got, I don't remember us putting a bid in to even give him the chance to say that he wanted Spurs?

Of course nobody can be forced to join a specific club, I just don't rember him even having the option of coming to us, all we did was enquire as far as I recall.
 

parj

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well. Yes the selling club wanted a bidding war and Nusa agreed to go to Brentford. He could have said No, I want Spurs and that would have been for Spurs and his club to agree or not agree a fee. So he Chose Brentford. No one forces a player to go to a specific club
But if we pulled out and he wants PL, he chooses Brentford. He will also know that if he plays well he will get a move to another PL club.
 

traditionneverdies

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The knee is most likely how Brentford managed to pull out of a deal that became too expensive for them. It surprised Nusa's team and the Norwegian national team who called him home for their own medical check which found nothing. But there's been issues with his back, linked to his growth, which is why his club has been careful and used him sparingly.
Brentford paid what Club Brugge asked but they choose another player (Thiago) and Nusa's knee seemed a good excuse.
At the start of Play Off 1 he was said to be 100% fit but still didn't manage to have any real impact in games. He was OK at best and wasn''t a regular starter.
He wasn't in the top 3 for Young Player of the season.
His value on Transfer Market has dropped from 20 mil. near the end of 2023 to 17 mil in January to 15 mil in June 2024.
Bilal El Khannous (20 / Racing Genk) who won Young Player of the season , went from 20 mil to 30 mil in June 2024 and was a standout player for his team and will probably move to the Bundesliga.
Nusa has a lot of talent but at some point you have to deliver and go to a next level. At hte moment he looks to be stagnating.

Most talked about player at the end of the competition and a name to remember: Konstantinos ( Kos) Karetsas
Player of Racing Genk ( born 19/11/2007) who started the competition in the 2nd division with Young Genk when he was still only 15. Made the bench of the first team regularly in 2024 and made his debut against Royal Antwerp as a starter in Play Off 1 and was voted MOTM. He made his second start in the final game of the season agaginst KAA Gent, a game that decided which team would play European football next year.
He is a Belgian U17 international ( but it will be a battle to keep him as his parents are Greek) who was wanted by Man City. Should get loads of playing time next year if Bilal leaves
 
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