In Focus: Tottenham legend right to urge club to sign former experienced duo

According to talkSPORT, Tottenham legend Clive Allen believes Spurs should look to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, speaking after the north London outfit’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Friday night, which looks set to end Tottenham’s chances of winning the Premier League title, the former Spurs forward believes they need some more experience in the team if they are to compete against next season.

The 55-year-old picked out Carrick and Defoe – who are 35 and 34 years of age respectively – as two of the additions that would solve that problem during the summer.

What did he say?

He told talkSPORT: “They’ve stuck with this young group and they have done very well, but I just felt at times they needed some guidance, they needed a leader to get them over the line.

“Ironically for me it would be someone like Michael Carrick. He’s been through everything – has had some tough times at Manchester United but won things there. He’s a real solid professional who I think could be a massive influence on the group.

“There also needs to be more strength in depth and Jermain Defoe would be another fantastic addition.”

Would Pochettino be willing to sign the pair?

It’s difficult to say.

Perhaps he would be more keen on signing Defoe as the striker is reportedly available on a free transfer following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League.

Having scored 15 top flight goals he has shown that he still has something to offer at this level, and he would perhaps be content to play second fiddle to Harry Kane.

With the likes of Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier available to him in the middle of the park the need for Carrick seems less important, but in football you never know.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Tottenham’s and Mauricio Pochettino’s recruitment policy over the course of the last few season suggests they won’t go out and sign a 34-year-old and a 35-year-old, but Defoe especially could still offer something as a squad player and may be a risk worth taking.