Four signings to boost Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish
Jake Evans takes a look at four signings who could give Tottenham's hopes of Champions League qualification a boost
Tottenham have strengthened brilliantly in defence this summer. The signings of Toby Alderweireld, Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer mean Spurs have at least two players for every defensive position and real strength in depth. However, if Mauricio Pochettino wants his side to challenge for a Champions League place, he needs to sign at least one central midfielder. With Moussa Dembele set to leave the club, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason are currently the first choice midfield partnership at White Hart Lane. Whilst the two have undoubted potential and are good, young squad players, Spurs will not challenge for a place in the top four with a team built on that midfield pairing. Joao Moutinho is available this summer and wants to join an English club if reports are to be believed. He is far more creative than Bentaleb and Mason and offers experience, having represented Portugal at international level nearly 80 times. Arsenal and Liverpool are supposedly interested in the Monaco midfielder so Daniel Levy should move quickly in order to sign a player ahead of their domestic rivals and boost their chances of a higher league finish.
Thiago Motta is another central midfielder who is available for transfer and would significantly improve the Tottenham side. He offers tough tackling, protection of the back four and excellent ball retention, and would likely succeed where the likes of Ettiene Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli failed last season. Motta is eager to leave PSG and both Milan clubs are interested in the Italian international. However, Tottenham might be able to persuade him to come to England with the offer of European football.
Pochettino’s Spurs side are also light up front. Roberto Soldado looks set to leave after a miserable spell at White Hart Lane, while Harry Kane was used to the point of exhaustion last season. Tottenham need another striker if they are going to swap the Europa League for the Champions League next year and they should go for Sadio Berahino. The West Brom striker is available for a cut-price £15m as contract talks stall and Levy should sanction the signing of a forward who could be worth double that amount in the future. Berahino scored 14 goals for the Baggies last season and would compliment Kane perfectly as the two have often played together at England youth level. The signing of a new striker would also allow Tottenham to utilise a 4-4-2 formation which would make them less predictable than last season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another striker who would bring goals to the Tottenham side and could help ease the burden on Harry Kane. The Gabon international would be expensive, but Pochettino has created funds with a £30m summer clear-out and Spurs should break the bank to sign Aubameyang. It would be a real signal of intent from the north London club that they are ready to compete for a place in the top four and Aubameyang has the added bonus of versatility. He is equally comfortable on the wings of a front three or up-front as a striker where he plays for Dortmund.