With the January transfer window almost here, Jose Mourinho may want to strengthen his Tottenham side. And if that turns out to be the case then Daniel Levy would be wise to listen.
Going into today’s match, Spurs have won four out of five games since the Portuguese took charge, but if they’re to continue that form to the end of the season, they’ll need reinforcements up front and more quality at the back. Here’s two main areas the club should focus on in January.
Harry Kane has hit the ground running again this season, having scored 15 goals from his first 21 appearances in all competitions. There’s no chance Mourinho would bring someone in to dethrone him, but there is a need for a solid back-up.
Do Spurs need to sign serious competition for Harry Kane?
Lucas Moura was an adequate replacement for him last season, demonstrated when he scored a hat-trick against Ajax to fire his side into the Champions League final. However, he’s not an out-and-out striker that Jose Mourinho likes to play. He is not a Didier Drogba or Romelu Lukaku, for example. If Kane gets injured, Mourinho will want someone waiting in the wings to replicate his work.
With Kieran Trippier leaving for Atletico Madrid in the summer, full-back looked an issue at the start of the season. However, Serge Aurier has improved in form since Mourinho’s arrival, with WhoScored rating him over 8/10 on three occasions in the manager’s first four games.
So the issue now lies on the left side with Danny Rose not looking anywhere near the quality required, with an average WhoScored rating of 6.5/10 prior to this weekend’s fixtures. Ben Davis is out with an ankle injury and Jose prefers Ryan Sessegnon further forward. Spurs seem to have short-term options for the position, but Mourinho should target a long-term mainstay as he seeks to build the core of his squad.
Jose Mourinho could be heading into Daniel Levy’s boardroom with quite an extensive Christmas list, even if some of those wishes won’t be granted until the summer. His priority for January, however, should be finding an understudy for Harry Kane and a long-term solution to the left-back issue.
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