Football.London’s Tottenham Hotspur correspondent Alasdair Gold has revealed the areas that the club are set to invest in during the summer transfer window.
Spurs signed Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven and also brought in Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica in January.
Gold believes that the club still need to bring in a number of reinforcements even after the latest transfer window, insisting that manager Jose Mourinho will want a forward to support Harry Kane, as well as strengthening a number of other positions.
He wrote in a Q&A: “Neither Trippier nor Llorente were replaced in the summer or in January so Spurs need a new right-back and striker in the summer. Mourinho is unlikely to accept another transfer window with (sic) a forward added to his club.
“A new defensive midfielder will be on the shopping list, with (Victor) Wanyama likely to finally move on, and the club are expected to look for another playmaker to ease the burden now on (Giovani) Lo Celso as their (Christian) Eriksen replacement.
“If Jan Vertonghen cannot agree a new deal then he will also have to be replaced with another experienced defender.
“That’s five big key positions in the team and with the six players already signed, that would constitute the major squad overhaul (Mauricio) Pochettino first called for almost two years ago.”
Much of this may, of course, rest on the club’s quest to qualify for the Champions League.
They are currently sixth in the Premier League, four points behind Chelsea, while they are two points behind Sheffield United, though they have a game in hand on Chris Wilder’s men.
They face Aston Villa this weekend before a European clash with RB Leipzig and a league encounter against the Blues.