Many Tottenham Hotspur fans will probably want two things to happen this summer.
Firstly, many seem desperate to see Mauricio Pochettino back in the dugout amid reports linking the 49-year-old with a sensational return to the club, whilst chairman Daniel Levy could spark a response by splashing out in the transfer market.
The north Londoners have faltered during the past two seasons, losing out on Champions League qualification as they will have to settle for a place in the newly-formed Conference League, as well as squandering another final after losing to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup.
A lot of the talk over the coming months will likely be about the future of Harry Kane, who Sky Sports have claimed has expressed his desire to leave the club, although it’s hard to envisage the Argentine coming home without his star striker.
If the 49-year-old does return, he will need backing in the window. Otherwise, the Lilywhites risk falling further behind their rivals, especially as the rest of the big six will undoubtedly look to splash the cash themselves.
Here’s where Spurs could look to strengthen in what could be a dream rebuild involving Pochettino. We’ve taken a look at the squad we think the Argentine could potentially put together if he is re-hired by Spurs this summer.
Hugo Lloris is entering the final year of his current contract but, according to Football Insider, the French veteran is in talks to remain at the club for a tenth year and possibly longer. He’s still the club captain and was often trusted by the 49-year-old throughout his reign.
Whilst Joe Hart is the current back-up, the pair could face competition from West Brom shot-stopper Sam Johnstone, who has been mooted with a move to north London. He’s expected to cost around £20m and could finally provide the World Cup winner with a genuine test for that number one spot.
It could be all change in defence, where individual mistakes and a lack of cohesion have been a defining theme in Spurs’ troubled season.
According to football.london, the Lilywhites want to bring in two new centre-back options but, in order to do so, some of the current squad will have to depart. Juan Foyth’s loan move to Villarreal should become permanent, whilst interest in Davinson Sanchez from former club Ajax should be enough to tempt Levy into a sale. Serge Aurier is expected to rejoin Paris Saint-Germain, too.
Having the likes of Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies is enough for that left-back spot, with Ryan Sessegnon likely to go back out on loan, whilst Eric Dier – another favourite of Pochettino’s and Toby Alderweireld remain, as do Matt Doherty and academy gem Japhet Tanganga.
They could be joined by Lyon centre-back Joachim Andersen, who has impressed during a loan spell at relegated Fulham and he is one player thought to be high on their list of priorities following the appointment of the next manager. He’s expected to cost in the region of £25m, as per The Telegraph.
Spurs could also reignite their interest in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, especially with the Serie A champions likely to cut their wage bill substantially. He’s likely to cost the bulk of the budget in the region of £60m.
One final addition could see long-term right-back target Max Aarons swap promoted Norwich City for north London. It is thought that the England under-21 international is available for around £30m this summer.
If there is one position where Spurs are well-stocked, it is central midfield, so you’d imagine there are a few culling candidates here. Selling Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks could free up some budget and wage bill, whilst Oliver Skipp is in line for a shot in the first team.
He could feature alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli, with the Danish powerhouse the only addition since Pochettino’s departure.
Spurs are thought to still hold interest in RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer despite Jose Mourinho’s exit, so he could be the one new addition here. Sport Bild believe he’ll be available for around £35m this summer.
There isn’t likely to be any additions up front, although Erik Lamela could leave the club amid speculation over his future.
In terms of wide options, Pochettino could benefit from Gareth Bale staying another year alongside Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son, whilst Dane Scarlett could be promoted into the senior fold full-time.
The big question mark is over Harry Kane, who Sky Sports claim has expressed his desire to leave this summer. However, given his likely price tag of £150m and Levy’s stubborn nature, it may be hard to envisage him departing just yet – no matter how desperate he is for silverware.
Pochettino’s potential dream 25-man Spurs squad for the 2021/22 campaign after bringing in £170m worth of new players:
Lloris, Johnstone, Hart;
Reguilon, Davies, Rodon, Andersen, Skriniar, Dier, Alderweireld, Doherty, Tanganga, Aarons;
Hojbjerg, Skipp, Ndombele, Lo Celso, Sabitzer, Alli;
Kane, Son, Bergwijn, Bale, Moura, Scarlett.