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Spurs could finally have depth they so need after this summer

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Tottenham Hotspur could finally have the depth they need if they pull off their mooted summer transfer business.

Last season, Spurs reached the Champions League final and qualified for the competition via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

That, though, came about in spite of their investment instead of because of it.

For the majority of it, manager Mauricio Pochettino was forced to utilise a small squad.

A total of 16 players made 30 or more appearances for the club, with Christian Eriksen, the attacking midfielder, making 51, more than any other player.

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But this summer, the club have already signed Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon to ease the burden on the central midfielders, and are eyeing up two genuinely fantastic attacking midfielders.

Giovani Lo Celso, of Real Betis, is the subject of negotiations, while Juventus star Paulo Dybala is also a target, per sources.

Sources have confirmed that Spurs genuinely believe a deal can be done for the latter in the final fortnight of the transfer window while remaining in talks for the former.

Of course, it remains to be seen if both would turn up to join Eriksen, who has expressed a willingness to leave, but even if he leaves, Spurs will suddenly have options.

Eriksen has always been seen as the go-to man for Pochettino’s playmaker role and that has been borne out in the stats. No other player made over 50 appearances for Spurs last season – Toby Alderweireld made exactly 50.

Yet if they sign one of Lo Celso or Dybala to compete with the Dane, or he leaves and the two arrive, Pochettino will be able to rotate and, most importantly, rest his most influential players.

This has been a downfall at Spurs in recent seasons, with Pochettino regularly picking a starting XI and sticking with it.

It led to tiredness last season, as the club limped over the finish line, losing four of their last five Premier League outings.

In the 2019/20 season, Spurs can head that problem off at the pass by bringing in more bodies.

If Lo Celso and Dybala arrive, Pochettino will have greater options and, one would hope, the ability to keep his players fresh as the all-important run-in looms.

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