Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, believes Jose Mourinho needs to tweak the Spurs squad a little instead of overhauling it completely.
While the team’s results improved considerably when Mourinho first replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm back in November, Spurs have struggled to pick up wins for the last couple of months.
The squad has been hit with injuries to several key players over the last few months, which certainly hasn’t helped their cause.
Spurs have been without a win in their last five matches, losing four and drawing their last outing against Burnley.
The Portuguese coach has claimed that he isn’t targeting big changes to the squad in the summer (Sky Sports) and Phillips believes improving the squad incrementally is the right strategy.
Speaking about the Spurs boss’ comments, he told Football Insider: “It is so hard to do an overhaul in one window so that will be one of the reasons he has said that.”
“Secondly, they have got some really good players there. It just needs tweaking. Only Mourinho knows which areas. He does not need a hell of a lot of players but he needs some.”
He claimed that signing a back-up to Harry Kane and a central defender have to be the club’s priorities when the transfer market reopens in the summer.
Phillips added: “It is going to be interesting where he identifies those areas. The striker role, you would imagine, he is going to bring another player in.
“Of course, it will be a back-up striker once Kane is fit. Does he go for another centre-half? It will be interesting to see where he strengthens in the window.”
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Japhet Tanganga’s emergence and Eric Dier’s desire to return to being centre back has meant that we have a lot of options in the position even if Jan Vertonghen leaves at the end of the season. We barely have any options in the full-back areas and so I expect the club to invest a more significant outlay into those positions than central defence.
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