Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, Marlon Harewood has highlighted where Jose Mourinho must strengthen his Spurs side once the January transfer window opens.
The north London outfit made an impressive eight new signings over the summer as Daniel Levy wasted no time in looking to improve on last season’s disappointing finish. Along with loanee signing Gareth Bale, Tottenham acquired full-backs Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon, midfielders Giovani Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as well as 22-year-old central defender Joe Rodon.
Whilst this isn’t a haul to be sniffed at, Harewood believes that Spurs should have taken a leaf from Chelsea’s book during their summer spree.
“Chelsea made a very good signing in Thiago Silva,” the former striker said. “That’s a great signing for them to add to what they’ve already got.
“Spurs need a player like that. Someone who’s got experience and a stature to help everyone around him.”
The Blues brought the Brazilian icon to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint Germain on a free contract. Silva is now one of the highest paid players at the club, earning a reported £110,000 per week.
Although Spurs have the likes of club veterans Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier, they do lack a natural leader who has ‘been there and done that’. Silva arrives at Chelsea boasting seven Ligue 1 titles, seven French Super Cups, an Italian Super Cup and a Copa America trophy (via Transfermarkt).
The 36-year-old also has 93 senior caps for Brazil and has represented his country at both the World Cup and the Olympics. This kind of experience is something that will boost Tottenham’s backline and help to grow younger players like Rodon and 21-year-old Japhet Tanganga.
“Tottenham need a centre-half like that in their backline,” Harewood reaffirmed.