Tottenham are enjoying a successful season so far, currently competing on four fronts. They sit in 6th place in the Premier League, three points off a Champions League spot after leaving it late to beat Sunderland on Saturday.
Whilst three points isn’t a lot, the truth is in order to achieve the goal of Champions League football for next season, one or two quality additions are in order this January. Spurs have looked suspect in defence at times and also lack a second striker to partner Harry Kane that can also score on a consistent basis.
With this in mind, here are FOUR players from the Premier League Spurs should try to sign in order to make the top four.
Everton’s Kevin Mirallas has been linked with a move away from Merseyside, with Tottenham one of several teams fighting for his signature. The 27-year-old Belgium international has been the one real bright spark in an otherwise disappointing season so far for the Toffees.
Mirallas has managed eight goals in 19 appearances this season, 25 in 89 since joining from Olympiacos in 2012. The recent FA Cup replay against West Ham showed what a talent he is, changing the game completely when he was brought on. He scored one and set up another to take the game into penalties, where Everton were ultimately defeated.
The Belgium international has bundles of pace that makes him a constant threat down the wings. This is something that would only enhance Tottenham’s chances of Champions League football, especially with Aaron Lennon falling out of favour. His creativity and knack of scoring would also be an asset for Spurs.
It was reported last week in by the Telegraph that Spurs were entering the race with Arsenal to sign West Ham centre back Winston Reid. The 26-year-old New Zealand international has been extremely competent in the heart of defence this season for the Hammers, helping them tighten up at the back and compete for a top half finish. Reid has made over 100 appearances for West Ham since joining in 2010 and has been a reliable and consistent performer throughout his time at Upton Park.
Despite being a limited player with the ball at his feet, he could nevertheless help Spurs who have been shaky at the back. Reid’s no nonsense approach to defending, which includes an excellent shot-blocking and heading ability, would prove an asset to Tottenham should they decide to make him their player.
The Daily Star have consistently linked Tottenham with a move for Morgan Schneiderlin ever since Mauricio Pochettino took charge of the North London club. The 25-year-old Frenchman has impressed a lot of people since Southampton won promotion to the Premier League in 2012. But it is his exploits in his third season in England’s top flight that have made people take notice of his obvious talents.
Last year also saw him make his France debut and appear at the World Cup where he made one appearance against Ecuador. The French international has played a key role in Southampton’s astonishing season so far. His tactical knowhow and ability to read the game in the middle of the park has been outstanding and something that would help Tottenham out greatly. Schneiderlin was reportedly unhappy last summer wanting a move away from St Mary’s and a big offer from Spurs could yet tempt the midfielder.
22-year-old English striker Danny Ings has attracted interest from a host of Premier League clubs after a fantastic first half of the season. With his contract set to expire in the summer, Spurs could tempt Burnley to sell him for profit this month. In a struggling Burnley side fighting to avoid relegation, Ings has scored seven times from 19 appearances and has been their outstanding player.
It’s not just his goalscoring pedigree that has impressed top Premier League teams but his teamwork and work rate that go with this. He has the ability to track back and play in behind the striker as well as up top by himself, giving any manager in charge of Ings a host of options. Last season was his breakthrough year as his 21 Championship goals went a long way to securing automatic promotion for Burnley. Tottenham would be getting a player for the long-term that presently would prove to be a quality addition. With options to play either with or behind Harry Kane, Ings is a must buy for Spurs.