With the Premier League season drawing steadily to a close, rumours are already abounding about Tottenham's summer transfer window.
Spurs are used to speculation surrounding their ever-changing squad, though the last year has seen them favour more stability than usual.
What is noticeable, however, is that the Lilywhites are still being linked with the same players that they were pursuing when they were simply a top-five side.
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Spurs have gone up a gear
Now that they are odds-on to finish in the top two, manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy must be re-evaluating their transfer policy.
Rather than opting for run-of-the-mill signings, they must consider any players they buy as potential game-changers. Levy is known for his tight fists, but he might need to go the extra mile this time around if he is to secure top talent.
In January, Pochettino alluded to the fact that the new stadium was restricting him from spending big, though he prefers to develop younger, cheaper players regardless. Spurs do not compete with clubs like Manchester City in terms of the wages they offer, which effectively rules them out of some of the big name signings like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is being looked at by a number of England’s top clubs after he confirmed he is likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
Moment has passed
It is yet to be seen whether the Spurs boss will try and sign another striker in the summer to ease the pressure on Harry Kane. Once again, they are being linked with West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Fulham’s Moussa Dembele.
Dembele is more Pochettino’s type of player, and many fans have expressed concerns about Berahino’s temperament considering his strained relationship with West Brom.
Berahino was a summer option, while Dembele was being considered more recently. Yet, in both cases, there is a feeling that the moment has passed. Dembele is reportedly keen to seek a move back to PSG in his native France.
Spurs need to aspire
Regardless of whether they win the Premier League, Spurs should be looking at players who can take them to the next level. Dembele is unproven in the Premier League, though he undoubtedly has the potential to be a hit.
Romelu Lukaku would be a popular signing. The Belgium forward is expected to leave Everton, but Spurs would face fierce competition to secure his signature. Lukaku is, at least, the sort of player they should be aiming for, as he has consistently proven himself at the top level, even if he struggled at Chelsea.
One of the most positive changes Pochettino has made has been that he refuses to buy players for the sake of it. In January, for example, after the bid for Dembele fell through, he was not drawn into panic buys.
The summer window is much longer, which gives him much more of an opportunity to consider his options. Spurs are aiming to be among Europe’s elite, and they must first consider themselves as such by aiming high, and bidding only for players who can transform their squad.
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