Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed their best league finish in 26 years during the 2015/16 Premier League campaign, yet their season was tarnished by their final four-game collapse that allowed fierce rivals Arsenal to leap-frog them in the closing stages.
With the intensity of Champions League football to contend with next season, Spurs will most definitely have to improve the depth of their squad in order to compete in all competitions.
One of the reasons for their dip in form in the final few games last term was fatigue, with Christian Eriksen in particular showing signs of exhaustion.
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When he is not at his best, Tottenham are a different animal, and manager Mauricio Pochettino must find an accomplished attacking midfielder to provide the talented Dane with competition, or at the very least, find a suitable back-up player who can help share the burden with Eriksen.
That player can be found in France on a free transfer.
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Former Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa is one of the most talented attacking midfielders in the world on his day, but the problem throughout his career has been finding a manager who can channel his poor attitude, and help him perform to a high level on a consistent basis.
Not only would Ben Arfa provide the North London outfit with another option in the absence of Eriksen, but he can also be utilised out wide as an out-and-out winger.
He has the ability to beat defenders and whip in crosses with precision and pace - something that Spurs relied heavily on Kyle Walker and Danny Rose for last season.
Harry Kane has fantastic aerial ability, but his strength in the air was not utilised last season, with Tottenham preferring to play intricate passes through the middle of the park.
This was highlighted by only one of Kane's 25 Premier League goals coming from a header. They became one-dimensional, and that in itself was another reason why they finished the season with a whimper.
At 29-years-old, Ben Arfa is in the prime years of his career, and realistically can expect one more major contract before his stock within the game begins to fall.
He is available on a free transfer at the end of the month, and is someone who, despite his reputation of being difficult to manage, would be a fantastic addition to the Tottenham squad, and a risk thoroughly worth taking.
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