Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has enjoyed a good start in North London, winning his first three games in charge before suffering defeat at the hands of Manchester United.
One of the issues he hasn’t yet been able to solve is their defence. Spurs conceded twice in each of his first four games before finally keeping a clean sheet in the 5-0 win over Burnley.
Spurs will need to sort that out, as well as a couple of other things, if they are to ensure their season ends the way they want it to:
Address leaky defence
Spurs have conceded 23 goals in the Premier League this season. Being without Hugo Lloris hasn’t helped them, but Mourinho has to find a way to make them more solid at the back. Deciding on a settled back four could be crucial, with Jan Vertonghen filling in at left-back in recent weeks. They’ve kept just five clean sheets in all competitions this season, a record that needs to be improved if Tottenham are to climb up the table.
Make a decision on Christian Eriksen
The Danish international’s contract expires in the summer, and he has not been shy to reveal his desire to leave. His performances have been poorer this season, registering just two goals and two assists in 18 appearances. With the January transfer window fast approaching, Spurs need to decide on their approach to Eriksen. It looks very clear that he won’t stay beyond this campaign, so Spurs are perhaps better off offering minutes to Giovani Lo Celso, who if his move is made permanent, would be a long-term investment from the club. If they let Eriksen leave in January, they could also reinvest that money into Bruno Fernandes, who has been a long-term target.
Take Harry Kane out of the firing line
The Christmas period is hectic in English football, with so many games coming with very little time to recover between them. Harry Kane has already made 20 appearances this season, missing just three games thus far. Spurs and England’s captain has had a poor injury record in the past, often missing large periods through ankle injuries. With young forward Troy Parrott so highly thought of at Spurs, it could be sensible to rest Kane and allow him to be at his best more often as the season progresses.
To Mourinho’s credit, he looks to already have this plan in motion after resting Kane against Bayern Munich. He now needs to stick to it.
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