Pundit View: Shearer makes lazy claim about Tottenham’s transfer window

Alan Shearer has urged Tottenham Hotspur to spend money this summer as they look to close the gap to both Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table, per BBC Sport.

What’s he said?

Spurs lost to West Ham on Saturday but remain third after a series of results that boosted Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Following Spurs’ 1-0 loss, Arsenal were beaten 3-0 by Leicester City and Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw.

With Spurs four points clear of Unai Emery’s men, a victory over AFC Bournemouth in their next outing will seal qualification for the Champions League next season, while they are also set to face Ajax for the right to play in the final of Europe’s elite club competition.

But Shearer believes they will want to close the gap on City and the Reds at the top of the table; Spurs are currently 22 points behind Pep Guardiola’s champions.

He said, per BBC: “They are now 22 points behind City, and if they want to push on and get closer to the title next year, then they simply have to sign some players this summer.

“Spurs have got the numbers to cover every position but, as we have seen from their results in their past few league games, they do not necessarily have the quality too.

“They are suffering at the end of a long, hard season and I still feel they have done incredibly well to be where they are when you consider everything that has been going on, with that lack of new faces and their wait to get into their new ground.”

Investment a necessity but so is keeping players

Yes, Spurs need to sign players this summer. This much has been obvious since the January transfer window, when they were crying out for a striker and another central midfielder.

But it’s become a tired trope to continually beat the club with that stick.

What is perhaps far more important is retaining both Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld.

Eriksen continues to be linked with a move away, particularly with his contract expiring at the end of next season, while Alderweireld has a £25million release clause in his contract.

The Belgium international, of course, has his future in his own hands but Spurs should be pulling out all the stops to get him to stay.

That includes the offer of a new contract and parity with the club’s highest earners.

Shearer should look a bit closer as he bids to sound informed.