Maurizio Pochettino has not been blessed with spending funds in the past year.
Tottenham Hotspur failed to strengthen the talent on disposal and squad depth in the summer, which could pay dividends in the title race which has now opened up.
With reports from the Evening Standard estimating that the new White Hart Lane was now surpassed £850m, this surely must impact the transfer funding and explains why Daniel Levy has not been able to splash out on players in the past year.
However, if Spurs are genuine contenders for the title, they will need to improve the players at hand for Pochettino and therefore, the Argentine boss should be pleading with Levy to bring in this DUO in January…
It is evident that Spurs need to recruit in the midfield. With Moussa Dembele seemingly on his way out of the club, paired with the injuries to Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier, it leaves just Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko and Oliver Skipp able to play the deeper midfield role if push comes to shove.
That means there must be quality added to this side, and why look further than Tanguy Ndombele? The Lyon midfielder has all the attributes to play either a holding or box-to-box midfielder role at just 22. He is accomplished in possession, a remarkable ball-winner and adept in a variety of passes.
With clubs such as Manchester City also in for Ndombele, the Manchester Evening News reported that Lyon will not sell for less than £72m, a price that would nearly double their current record fee paid for a player. However, if they are to keep up with Liverpool and City, strength in depth is necessary.
Spurs have also had injury issues at the back with Jan Vertonghen currently out, but he is expected to return for next week’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea. Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez have also had injuries problems this season.
If the injury list is bad, normally, at least one of them is fit to pair Juan Foyth, who despite impressing, yet has let his inexperience shine through at times. It means defensive recruitment is needed, especially if Pochettino wants to revert to his three-at-the-back system regularly as he has done in previous years.
Pochettino should look to Nathan Ake who has excelled at Bournemouth, becoming a mainstay in their defence. The versatile Dutchman is solid defensively, very positionally aware and good on the ball, meaning he is one for Levy to look to acquire to help his manager in the title run-in.
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