Tottenham have learned more about themselves than most this season. Expectations have changed, and with that, so must the club's plan of action.
Since Daniel Levy's ENIC took over in 2001, the goal has always been Champions League football. That has usually meant a target of fourth place, but this season, that would be a tremendous disappointment, with Spurs needing just six more points out of four games to achieve the feat.
Are Spurs contenders?
Accordingly, simply being in the Champions League could now end up as something of an anti-climax for Spurs. In 2010-2011, their hope was simply to make a good account of themselves, and they achieved that with an unexpected run to the quarter-finals. Next season, in what is all but certain to be their second Champions League campaign, they must do even better.
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Though they will never say it explicitly, what Spurs really want is to be taken seriously by the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The latter almost seemed to pity the Lilywhites following a 5-0 aggregate win in 2011, which knocked Spurs out of the competition. The second time around, Spurs should be thinking about how they can become real contenders.
Under Harry Redknapp, it would be fair to say that a lot of the squad played above themselves to reach the quarters. Mauricio Pochettino's side has more strength-in-depth, but the Spurs boss needs to be audacious if he is to witness a prolonged run through the knockout stages, and that could begin in the transfer window.
On paper, the Marseille forward is a bargain. Costing in the region of £25 million, he is exactly the kind of 20+ goals-a-season striker who Spurs need. However, will need Levy's negotiating prowess to get him.
Signing Batshuayi would be such a bold move because he is reportedly wanted by Borussia Dortmund, while Juventus have also had a bid knocked back for him in the past. West Ham are also convinced they can secure his signature with the help of his personal friend, Hammers star Dimitri Payet.
A Tottenham bid would, therefore, be a statement of intent, and a more realistic one than advancing towards either Edinson Cavani or Alvaro Morata, both of whom are perpetually linked with a move to England.
Anwar El Ghazi
There is no reason why Spurs should limit their aspirations to just one striker. Harry Kane not only needs support, but healthy competition. After all, Spurs operated perfectly well with Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov, and Jermain Defoe at the same time.
A cheaper option than Batshuayi, Ajax's El Ghazi is only 21, but has drawn interest thanks to a ratio of just over a goal every two games. That makes him exactly the kind of promising youngster that Mauricio Pochettino is interested in. Spurs are keeping tabs on the starlet though they will face competition from AC Milan.
Tottenham have played some mouth-watering football this year, but their number of draws in the early part of the season could have cost them the title. Adding these two strikers can give them even more of an attacking threat, both in the Premier League and beyond.
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