Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are big enough to attract the best players in the world and should be going toe-to-toe with the likes of Chelsea for big-money signings.
After Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Spurs in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final last week, Antonio Conte remarked that there was big gulf in quality between the two sides.
The difference in quality was once again apparent in the two benches that Chelsea and Spurs named for the second leg on Wednesday, with Conte admitting after the game that it is ‘impossible to compare’ the two clubs.
According to Football.London, Tottenham have earmarked next summer as the ‘crunch window’ where Conte is expected to be backed.
This has also been backed by Gianluca Di Marzio, who has said that the North Londoners are expected to be one of the ‘leaders’ of next summer’s transfer window.
Redknapp pointed to Chelsea’s big-money move for Romelu Lukaku last summer and insisted that Spurs need to be competing for those sorts of players.
The former Tottenham midfielder told Sky Sports Football (12/01/22 at 7:10 pm): “In terms of comparing Tottenham and Chelsea, on-pitch ambition is totally different. Chelsea have always bought stars. They have always purchased players like Lukaku.
“You never see Spurs in the market for Lukaku. It’s not how they run the club. I personally don’t agree with it. I think they are big enough to be attracting those sorts of players.
“Training ground and stadium is good as anyone else in the world. But they have to be hunting for those players.”
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Tottenham will never be able to compete financially with the likes of Chelsea and Man City.
However, as Liverpool have shown over the last two years, you do not necessarily need to go toe-to-toe with those clubs in the transfer market to compete with them on the pitch, as long as you have a world-class coach and your recruitment is good.
Unfortunately, Tottenham’s recruitment has left a lot to be desired over the past few years. Hopefully, that changes with Fabio Paratici now calling the shots.
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