‘No strategy in place’ – Pundit reacts to Spurs’ reported interest in 20-year-old

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Noel Whelan has questioned the thinking behind Tottenham’s rumoured interest in Tariq Lamptey, given that a new head coach is not yet in place.

With not long to go until the start of pre-season, Daniel Levy and Fabio Paratici do not have much time to appoint Jose Mourinho’s replacement.

They also have their work cut out when it comes to drafting the club’s transfer plans, with the squad looking in need of significant strengthening on the back of a poor campaign.

Right-back is certainly one position that is likely to be a priority for the club to address, with Serge Aurier expected to leave the club and Matt Doherty struggling for form in his first season at Spurs.

Sky Sports reported last week that Lamptey is one of the options Tottenham are eyeing this summer on the back of the youngster’s impressive displays for Brighton last season.

However, Whelan questioned the logic of going for a player of Lamptey’s profile without knowing what kind of system the next Spurs head coach would prefer.

The former Leeds striker told Football Insider: “Matt Doherty isn’t working at all. They were chopping and changing last season and that position let them down.

“They want to play an attacking, expansive style of football. Lamptey looks to get forward, he’s got amazing pace. He also caught the eye of many clubs last season with that exciting style of play.

“He probably should have had more goals to be honest. It depends on what formation they want to play. That’s why a manager being involved is so critical. What if a new boss comes in who doesn’t play with high wing-backs.

“There’s no strategy in place, it looks like they are going to buy players and just telling the new manager ‘there you go’.

“That’s not the way it goes, there needs to be communication between the director of football and the manager.”

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The whole point of appointing Fabio Paratici as the club’s managing director of football is so that he can oversee the long-term plan both on and off the pitch. So, he will have a specific system and style of play in mind, and that will likely be a big consideration in the club’s decision on who to appoint as the head coach. So, it is not a surprise that Tottenham could be planning some of their transfer moves despite not confirming a new appointment.

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