• Tottenham need to add depth behind Kane and Alli

    by  • March 21, 2017 • Football

    Tottenham are ten points off the pace of Premier League leaders Chelsea, who appear to be closing in on the top-flight crown for the sixth time in 14 years.

    Spurs have proved their calibre as a title challenger for the second season on the bounce after falling just short last term, losing out to Leicester City late in the campaign.

    Once again, it seems that Mauricio Pochettino’s men are going to bested in their attempts to win the Premier League, this time due to an outstanding campaign from the Blues, who have led from the off this term.

    There are still ten matches remaining this season and although it’s hard hard to see Chelsea allowing their huge lead at the top to slip, Pochettino’s side are backed in the latest Premier League betting odds at 20/1 to snatch the crown from under their rivals’ noses.

    Tottenham have lost the same amount of matches as their rivals, tasting defeat only three times in the top flight. Unfortunately for them, the difference has been their eight draws compared to Chelsea’s three, with the Blues achieving five more victories than Spurs this season.

    Defensively the two clubs are identical, each conceding 21 goals in their 28 matches. Under Pochettino, Spurs have become the best defensive side in the top flight, with Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Eric Dier starring for the club in the back three.

    The difference between the sides has been the fortune in front of goal, with Antonio Conte’s side scoring four more strikes than Tottenham this term.

    Despite boasting one of the best attacking tandems in the division in the form of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, the depth of Chelsea’s goalscoring options stretches beyond Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, with Pedro, Willian, Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and Cesc Fabregas netting important strikes.

    Spurs have had contributions from Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen, but apart from them, other scorers have been thin on the ground.

    Therefore looking ahead to next season, Pochettino’s men are in need of goalscoring depth behind their key duo if they are to win their first league title since the 1960-61 campaign.

    Tottenham attempted to address the issue with their signing of Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United, although the £30 million deal has been a disaster. The Frenchman has offered next to nothing and could be shifted in the summer.

    Ross Barkley and Wilfried Zaha have been the key names linked to Spurs, with the club having had a bid knocked back by Crystal Palace for the latter last summer.

    Barkley has enjoyed a resurgence under Ronald Koeman this term, although he has only four goals to his name this term. It would be difficult to see him fit into the Spurs side, given that he plays in a similar role to Alli, which could affect his play should he be forced into a different position.

    Zaha would be a nice complement to Son and Eriksen on the flanks, although the current term has seen him produce his best goalscoring season with five goals. He would cost a king’s ransom from Palace, leaving chairman Daniel Levy to turn to the continent for options.

    There have been reports linking the club with Suso from AC Milan, who would be a fine addition after enjoying an impressive campaign with the Rossoneri, scoring six goals and contributing seven assists.

    The 23-year-old would be a solid option to sign, but if Tottenham really want to challenge at the top, a huge move for Romelu Lukaku would make the Premier League stand up and take notice.

    With the Belgian alongside Kane in attack, their strikeforce could be the strongest behind only Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Whether it would work with Kane and Alli is another matter, but if the club want to challenge the best then it is the move to make.

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