What started as a promising season, filled with aspirations of winning a trophy for the first time in 13 years, has turned into…well, perhaps exactly that. Tottenham Hotspur have a chance at silverware this April when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup Final.
Yet no matter the outcome of that match, this season still feels like a disappointment for Spurs.
They’ve trudged through wildly inconsistent stretches of play: one day, they might earn an impressive victory against a tough opponent, as evidenced against both Manchester clubs earlier this season. But on another day, they might implode as they did against Dinamo Zagreb in their shocking Europa League failure. And with transfer news circulating about Harry Kane, who recently cited his teammates’ attitude as “embarrassing,” the dream of a Lilywhite London takeover could turn into a nightmare for Daniel Levy and Co.
Kane has been linked with several major European clubs, most notably Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have reportedly dubbed Kane their “number one transfer target” for the summer, which is bad news for Spurs. Real Madrid are the epitome of success, something that has eluded Kane his entire career through no fault of his own; it’s only natural to wonder if the grass really is greener on the other side.
Real Madrid make Tottenham’s Harry Kane top summer priority.https://t.co/2y7efKpadc— SPORTbible (@sportbible) March 24, 2021
No matter the push, Spurs need to do everything in their power to keep Kane. Everything. They’ve looked hopeless this season when he’s been on the shelf. He currently leads the Premier League in goal involvements with 30, and is tied with Mohamed Salah for league lead in goals with 17. He’s been one of the best offensive players in all of Europe this season; losing Kane would be downright calamitous for Spurs.
What’s worse, Spurs have plenty of other holes to plug in the transfer window this season. Keeping Kane is without a doubt the No. 1 priority, but this season’s play has revealed clear weaknesses in other areas of the roster. The following three areas are the biggest weaknesses of the bunch and demand immediate attention:
For long-term solutions, Spurs have Joe Rodon already on their roster; the Welshman has been relatively solid in his limited appearances thus far. Perhaps he can take the next step and play a more regular role in 2021-22. Spurs have also been linked to Sven Botman of LOSC Lille, a promising 21-year-old Dutch defender, as well as Jannik Vestergaard of Southampton.
Moreover, Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are better served in the middle of the pitch. What they need is a game-breaker, a flash of lightning that strikes fear into the hearts of opposing back lines. Enter Leon Bailey, a 23-year-old pure speedster of Bayer Leverkusen and Jamaica, who has been linked to several big clubs including Tottenham. This young man is special…seriously, go watch highlights of him right now and see for yourself. He would immediately change the fabric of Spurs’ offensive game plan and make their counterattack even more lethal. Hopefully, the rumors have some weight and Spurs can pull off the transfer.
Defensive Midfield Depth: both Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Tanguy Ndombele have been spectacular this season. The defensive midfield is in good hands with these two, but my goodness do Spurs need depth here. Both Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks have had dreadful seasons and don’t appear to be long-term solutions. They need a guy who can fill in for either Højbjerg or Ndombele on a consistent basis, taking the pressure off those two to start every match.
For help, Spurs don’t have to look too far: Oliver Skipp is currently on loan at Norwich City, and his spectacular play could force Jose Mourinho’s hand in bringing him back to north London. He’s already received high praise from the Spurs bench boss, with terms “Tottenham’s future” and “future captain” being tossed around. Regardless, they need help defensively in a lot of ways, so some midfield depth could do wonders for the club.