Tottenham Hotspur are set to target Ajax boss Erik ten Hag after they were dealt a crushing blow over their mooted number one managerial target this week.
According to the Telegraph, the 51-year-old is set to rise up Daniel Levy’s shortlist following the news that Julian Nagelsmann has officially been confirmed as Bayern Munich’s next manager.
Spurs had reportedly put him top of their wishlist ahead of the summer.
Now it is thought that Ten Hag is amongst the leading contenders, but how would the north London side look under him? Football FanCast takes a peek into that potential…
Ten Hag often deploys an exciting 4-3-3 system over in Amsterdam but it’s one that is rather flexible and can often look like a 4-2-3-1, very much in a similar vein to Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side.
Between the sticks, Hugo Lloris seems likely to remain in north London, so he should keep his place as captain and their no.1 goalkeeper. He’s out of contract at the end of next season, but PSG have handed Keylor Navas a new deal and that is a blow to his chances of joining his former boss in Paris.
Whoever the next manager is, Spurs are in desperate need of a shake-up defensively and we could see two new signings under his stewardship.
The 51-year-old would have two former Ajax players at his disposal if he arrived in north London in Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez, but the latter may get the nod given the manager’s reported interest in his signature recently.
Although, Levy may look to add a new player to these ranks, with Fulham loan star Joachim Andersen one of many the club are said to be looking at, as per Alasdair Gold at football.london.
At just 24, he fits the mould of the sort of young player that Ten Hag could develop and the same goes for Norwich City star Max Aarons, who could finally end Spurs’ right-back nightmare.
Serge Aurier has been dubbed “one of the biggest liabilities in Premier League football” and one that would “possibly put you off management” by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher (via talkSPORT), whilst Matt Doherty’s future was in doubt under Mourinho after a string of poor performances.
Further up the pitch, we could see comebacks for a forgotten duo of stars, with Dele Alli and Steven Bergwijn joining the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane in the attack.
Given Gareth Bale’s wages, it would be a surprise to see him remain in north London, whilst Erik Lamela looks ready to leave. Ten Hag would then give the nod to his compatriot over Lucas Moura.
AND in other news, Levy would deal Spurs another blow by appointing 47 y/o with a 30.5% win rate…