A stellar season is coming to an end for Tottenham Hotspur who are still in the running for the Premier League title. They are four points behind Chelsea but winning the league crown this season might be a far-fetched dream. Last week, the Lilywhites suffered an exit in the semis of the FA Cup at the hands of rivals Chelsea which meant that Mauricio Pochettino will be without a trophy this season after competing for all the top honours.
Though they have played some of the best brand of football this season, Spurs have lacked depth in numbers and quality as well to challenge on all fronts. This has been the issue since last season which has hampered them in every competition, especially in Europe.
The lack of quality options was evident in Spurs’ Champions League campaign which saw them getting knocked out at the group stages. Pochettino and the club hierarchy must rectify this and spend heavily in the summer to improve the competition in the first team squad.
So, without further delay, here are the three signings which Spurs should make in the summer for a better Champions League campaign next season:
#1 Virgil Van Dijk
Spurs have two of the best centre-backs in England in the form of Alderweireld and Vertonghen. But in recent weeks, Pochettino has employed a three at the back formation in big games to counter the threat of the opposition. Eric Dier has been employed in that position but he is a far better player in midfield than in defence which makes a new centre-back signing a must in the summer.
Van Dijk is the most talked about defender in the Premier League right now with the Dutchman all set to leave Southampton. Liverpool are also interested in him and only a bid in the range of £50 million will prize him away from the Saints. With Van Dijk in the side, Spurs can make the next step needed in becoming a formidable team under Pochettino.
#2 Youri Tielemans
Though Spurs have enough numbers in midfield, the Lilywhites have lacked goals from the centre of the field. Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks are decent enough options for any side to have but not one of them is a proven goal scorer.
Tielemans, a 19-year-old Belgian sensation, is termed as one for the future. But at just 19, his play suggests that he is a player ahead of his age and recently captained Anderlecht against Manchester United.
He is a versatile player who can play in a deep role and also in an advanced position. Spurs must do everything in their might to sign the midfielder and with the North London side having a huge Belgian contingent in their ranks, their job of attracting him might be made easy.
#3 Timo Werner
A backup striker for Harry Kane is still an issue to address for Spurs as the last summer’s signing, Vincent Janssen has failed to live up to the expectations. With the aim of doing well in the Champions League, Spurs need a striker who can bolster their attack and not be on the team just to make up the numbers.
Werner has been sensational for Red Bull Leipzig this season and has been a kind of revelation to many. With 17 goals in the Bundesliga until now, Werner has attracted the attention of some top clubs. He is a smart finisher and can be a perfect player for Pochettino to add to his already young group of attackers.