After a season which ended ultimately in disappointment for Spurs, boss Harry Redknapp believes his squad requires three additional players in order to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.
“I want Daniel to go out and get three fantastic players now to come in,” Redknapp said of his potential transfer activity ahead of next season.
“You can’t say that just because we didn’t make the Champions League, we’re not going to improve next year. If you do that then we’re not going to get in it again. That’s a fact, because you won’t pass the teams that finished above you last year.
“If we don’t improve then they will improve. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal – they will improve, and Man City… they’re unbelievable. They are never going to stop improving as will Kenny (Dalglish) with Liverpool now.” He added.
With the former Portsmouth boss’s honeymoon period well and truly over at White Hart Lane, what areas will he target in order to secure Champions League football for the North London club once more?
Top of that list is most certainly a striker. The Spurs forwards failed to fire last time round and as Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch stuttered, their rivals around them found the net regularly.
Lille’s Gervihno, Espanyol’s Pablo Osvaldo, and Porto striker Falcao are all names that have been linked with the North London club, but there will be plenty of competition for each of these in-demand forwards signatures, with Arsenal and Liverpool also said to be sniffing around Gervihno in particular.
The centre of midfield is also an issue for Spurs, and with Jermaine Jenas and Wilson Palacios likely to be leaving the club this summer and Luka Modric the target of some of the biggest clubs in Europe, Redknapp may be forced to scour Europe for a replacement. Whether he will be able to find a player with talent to match the diminutive Modric remains to be seen, but he should be given the funds to back him in the market.
While on the surface Spurs also have plenty of strength in depth at full back, both Vedran Corluka and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have appeared vulnerable in recent seasons, and against top teams were found out repeatedly.
But, as Redknapp rightly points out it is not a matter of numbers but quality, an no matter who he brings to White Hart Lane, he must find the right players who will improve the squad and help them square up to the muscle of Man City in particular.