Glenn Hoddle has claimed that Tottenham’s squad is in need of a major rebuild this summer and insisted that Jose Mourinho should have been given more time to sort out the team’s issues.
Even though Tottenham only lost the Carabao Cup final to an 82nd-minute Aymeric Laporte header, they were outplayed from start to finish by Manchester City at Wembley.
The game on Sunday showcased the gulf in quality between Spurs and Pep Guardiola’s side and demonstrated how far the North Londoners have to go if they are to compete at the top end of the Premier League.
Hoddle believes that Tottenham need a considerable amount of investment to bridge the gap to the top and questioned whether the club’s hierarchy have the appetite to spend big in this summer’s transfer window.
The Spurs legend told The Evening Standard: “I think they need a real revamp, a rebuild in every department of the pitch. And it does not matter who the manager is, they are going to need to spend money.
“They have got a fabulous stadium and training ground, but have they got the intent after a pandemic and losing so much? I cannot see it.
“There has got to be a reconstruction of the squad. I hear ‘Tottenham have a great squad’, but I do not get that.
“They have got a couple of great players, but the squad is nowhere near deep enough and there are players there who are just not good enough if you want to get into the Champions League.
“No disrespect, there are players there who are average Premier League players. There is an age problem at the back in the next season or two, the midfield needs some sort of spark and they have to hold on to Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
“Whether they are going to spend the money to do that, I do not think they will. Tottenham are at a bit of a crossroads now.”
While some fans were surprised by the timing of Mourinho’s sacking, the writing did seem on the wall for the Portuguese coach in light of the club’s struggles over the last few months.
However, Hoddle insisted that the Special One needed more time to shape the squad in his own image.
He added: “I do not think Jose should have been sacked. Every manager needs time and it is not the Spurs squad that people think.
“People talk about how poorly Jose did at Manchester United and I laugh because he came runners-up in the Premier League and won two trophies.
“Now any Spurs fan would have settled for that when he arrived.”
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I personally do not think we are more than two or three more quality signings away from competing with the best teams in the league.
Whatever one feels about the quality of the Tottenham squad, you cannot seriously think that Mourinho was getting anywhere close to the best out of the resources at his disposal.
The Spurs boss also seemed to have lost the dressing room, which might have been the main reason Levy decided to pull the plug on him.
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