With Champions League football on the menu at White Hart Lane this season, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino needs to use all of his talent to ensure the season is a success.
Last year the Argentine saw his stock rise considerably by guiding his team to within touching distance of the Premier League title. What was most impressive about their feats last year was how young many of the players were; the hope is that this season, with that extra bit of experience, they’ll be able to kick on.
The Champions League is the ultimate test of a club’s squad depth and Pochettino has acted to bring in the likes of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen but arguably, Spurs could do with some more new faces.
He’s sure to be scouring some of Europe’s biggest leagues for potential recruits and it might just be in La Liga, where he spent much of his playing days, where he finds them.
There’s plenty of options over in Spain for Spurs to look at but here are FIVE of the best…
San Jose is equally adept at playing as a holding midfielder or centre half, much like Eric Dier at Spurs now.
At 27-years-old, he’s the perfect age to immediately make a difference to Spurs’ squad as well as being able to boast the experience of playing in the Champions League in recent seasons. All this makes him the ideal man to help Spurs in their return to Europe’s top competition.
Another Bilbao player and another holding midfielder. With Pochettino preferring to play two deep midfielders he inevitably needs a lot of options in that area.
Wanyama has come in to fight Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele for a starting spot and the Spaniard would certainly turn the wick up in that battle. With Wanyama and Dembele both having question marks over their discipline, it would make sense to get another quality player in for this position.
Illarramendi secured a big move to Real Madrid not too long ago but found it hard to get in the side ahead of Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and then Toni Kroos.
He returned to Real Sociedad at the start of last season and immediately reminded his critics of what he can do by cementing a first team spot. He could be worth a punt for the Lilywhites.
Since signing for Barcelona, Arda Turan has found it tough going at the Nou Camp. Once a key components of the Atletico Madrid team, he was limited to just a handful of games last season and couldn’t seem to penetrate the midfield three of Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic. Nevertheless, he’s still a quality player so Spurs shouldn’t be put off.
Carrasco was one of the stars of the Champions League final with his goal for Atletico Madrid, who eventually lost to great rivals Real.
He’s quick and direct on the wing and that would give Spurs another dimension going forward – which is going to be especially important this season when they come up against some of the continent’s best sides.