Following Tottenham’s’ self capitulation in the FA Cup, the deficiencies were there for all to see at both ends of the pitch. Redknapp now has one day to address the striker and goalkeeper issues that have hindered Spurs’ progress this season.
Spurs are at least two signings away from competing at the top end of the Premier League. Harry desperately needs a striker that can play that lone role up top, or else he has to change his preferred 4-4-1-1 system. At the moment Spurs are lined up purely to accommodate VDV in that free role behind the striker. It has become clear though that none of Spurs’ strikers fit the mould of playing that lone role whilst still maintain a goal threat of their own. If Harry intends to persist with this system he has to find a player capable of playing that role and that man for me is Fernando Llorente. He is fantastic in the air, comfortable with the ball on the ground, aggressive and mobile.
At the other end injuries and suspensions have done little to aid the frailties of Tottenham’s leaky defence but I feel Redknapp has had quite enough time and money to solve this problem and shouldn’t be given any more money to throw at poor players. During his tenure he has brought in Kaboul, Bassong, Gallas, Khulamo, Naughton and Walker. Individually they are all capable players but they also have to have confidence in the man standing between the sticks behind them to perform consistently as a unit.
It is clear that Gomes, for all of his personality and occasional moments of brilliance, just does not cut the mustard on a regular enough basis at Spurs. Moreover, he can consistently be a liability for his team. For this reason Harry has to address this issue by identifying and moving for a capable replacement. Shay Given would fit that mould perfectly and while City would surely be reluctant sellers Spurs should at least test the resolve of both the player and the club by putting in a bid.
These two positions have become obvious areas of weakness that Spurs will need to improve upon if they are to fulfil their ambition of achieving a top four finish again this year.