Christian Eriksen has been the only real success story  (©GettyImages)
Christian Eriksen has been the only real success story (©GettyImages).

Spurs need another summer of signings

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Last summer Tottenham fans eagerly awaited the start of the season as they saw their club spend over £100 million on seven new signings, all with international caps to their name.

However, fast forward a few months and all the talk is what went wrong, who Spurs should have signed, and who will be the club's third manager in less than a year. 

Although many people within the game would argue for stability, and indeed Spurs' inconsistent season would seem to show the drawbacks of overhauling a squad in a short space of time, Tottenham's squad still isn't good enough to compete at the top.

Out of the seven signings only Christian Eriksen has really justified his price tag. Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela and Paulinho, all of whom were club transfer records at the time of their arrival, have been particularly disappointing.

Given Soldado's age (the Spaniard is 29), he needed to make an instant impact rather than taking time to settle in. As for Lamela, he has hardly played this season so hasn't had a chance to adapt to the Premier League, and may take another season to do so; if he does at all.

There is a hope that having had a season to settle in to the pace the Premier League, the likes of Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chriches and others will be better players next year. However even if this happened, Spurs still have an unbalanced squad that needs more additions.

Danny Rose doesn't look like the player Spurs fans hoped he would be, and the decision to loan out cult-figure left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto seems to have backfired.

Spurs definitely need a new left-back who has the defensive nous Rose so desperately lacks.

In addition to this it has become clear that Michael Dawson isn't quite up to the job of leading the team, especially when he doesn't warrant a guaranteed starting place. Combined with Younes Kaboul's contract running out in the summer, Spurs desperately need a new centre back or two.

The list doesn't end there unfortunately, as another attacking option seems to also be a necessity given Soldado's poor form and the sale of Jermaine Defoe.

There is also an argument to be had for replacing Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon given the lack of goals and assists that both have produced.

Given all of this, it seems that the as yet unconfirmed manager and Franco Baldini have a busy summer ahead as they try to rectify the mistakes from last year, and provide some much needed improvements to Tottenham's inadequate team.


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