According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur could end up having around £160m to spend on new players in the summer transfer window, but it won’t be enough to make them Premier League title contenders next season.
Well, the Daily Mail report that after two successive windows without any incomings, Spurs are ready to act at the end of the season and are targeting Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo among others.
The story says that Mauricio Pochettino will start off with a budget of £60m, but that the north London outfit could raise another £100m through player sales.
That would give the Argentine around £160m to spend if that does prove to be the case, with central midfield and wide areas two positions in particular he will surely look to strengthen.
In a word, no.
There is a reason why Liverpool and Manchester City are 21 and 19 points ahead of Spurs respectively in the top-flight standings this term, and it is because they have been consistently brilliant.
Tottenham just don’t have the same quality and experience throughout their starting XI and squad in general as those two aforementioned teams, and £160m isn’t going to change that.
Considering that potential £100m raised through player sales could conceivably include losing both Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen – two key players – Pochettino would have a massive job to do in terms of recruitment to build a team ready to compete with the Reds and the Cityzens.
11 losses in 35 Premier League matches simply isn’t good enough for a team that wants to win the so-called best division in the world, and big improvements are needed in defence and attack when you look at the columns for goals scored and goals conceded compared to their likely rivals in 2019/20.
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£160m won’t do the job unfortunately, and it may well have to be another season of building and shaping a younger team to have a real go the following campaign instead.