Spurs need to freshen up squad believes Barton

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs need to ‘freshen up’ their squad with new signings in January to keep their top-four hopes alive, that’s according to Joey Barton.

Speaking on talkSPORT the former Manchester City and Burnley midfielder also claims that Spurs must bring in more top class talent if only to appease those already in the ranks

We missed our chance to move into the top-four on Sunday as we slipped to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton, and the article says we could find ourselves five points adrift of the Champions League places if Liverpool beat basement boys Swansea on Monday night.

The article adds that while our Premier League rivals are all busy in the transfer window as they look to strengthen, we again appear to be sitting on our hands.

The article adds that Mauricio recently said that he is happy with his squad and is ‘not concerned’ by their rivals’ activity and it says that history tells us that Pochettino is not a fan of the Janaury window, with the Argentine only making one January signing in his five years as a Premier League manager, signing Dele Alli from MK Dons but then loaning him back for the remainder of the season.

However Barton argues that a club of Tottenham’s ambition must back their bid for trophies with new signings, or risk upsetting their dressing room.

“I think they do need to freshen it up,” Barton said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“When you’re in the Spurs dressing room and you see everybody else fighting it out for Alexis Sanchez, and Harry Kane’s being linked with Real Madrid, the players must just think, ‘am I in the right place here? Are we really going to challenge for top trophies like the Premier League title and the Champions League?’

Barton added: “It maybe just puts that little element of doubt in there.I’m not saying they should go out and completely break their wage structure and start shelling out loads of money, because it’s not their way.

Barton concluded: “But I do think sometimes psychologically signings can bring a big boost to the team, plus if Kane gets injured, they’ve only got Fernando Llorente and Heung-Min Son!”

So is Joey right? He does have valid points or do we trust in Mauricio and the current crop to get it right? Let us know your thoughts

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  1. 100% we need to add a player. We are badly lacking top class depth. Sissoko isn’t good enough to deputise.
    Lamela Wanyama and Toby are all due back (properly match fit) which will help, but we need another creative player

  2. We dont really need to strengthen we just need to drop sell or give away sissoko. And our football will come back.
    Playing with sissoko is like having a flat spot on your tyre it makes the whole car vibrate at speed.

  3. I think Joey Barton is right with regards to the squad needing fresh impetus. We have had the main core of players for nearly 3 seasons. Sissoko needs to leave and unfortunately due to age and injuries Dembeles position in the squad needs assessment. However we don’t require to greater change to move forward. Personally I’d love us to sign Ryan Sessegnon and I had wanted us to do this prior to the player signing a contract with Fulham. He is a great, young English talent and has been scoring goals from the left side for fun in the championship. I’d also like to float the possibility of a Rose, Rashford swap. With the signing of Sanchez, Rashford has been pushed further down the pecking order. Again he is young, English and has further potential. He could be deployed in varying positions but would inject pace and goals. I would perhaps like to see Dele deployed in a deeper, Dembele role alongside a sitting Wanyama which would allow for his box to box deep runs.


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