Former Tottenham midfielder Chris Waddle has said he does not believe Jose Mourinho’s recent claim that he is not looking to make wholesale changes to the squad in the summer.
The Spurs boss insisted recently that he is happy with the squad he has at his disposal and that he couldn’t wait to have everyone back fit (Sky Sports).
He also claimed that the squad needed a slight tinkering instead of a major overhaul but Waddle believes the Portuguese coach may not have been entirely truthful in his intentions to the media.
He insisted that the Lilywhites needed additions in a number of positions across the pitch.
In his column for Racing Post, Waddle wrote: “He says he’s not looking to change too much, which is out of character for him, and I’m not sure I believe in him.
“He needs a right-back, he needs a centre-back and he needs at least one holding midfielder to add some protection. He also needs another central striker to back up Harry Kane – although if you believe what you read Kane might not be at the club next season.
“I don’t know whether that is true or not but it’s another potential headache for Mourinho to have to deal with.”
However, he felt that the club inability to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in terms of transfer fees and wages could be a major hindrance to Mourinho’s ambitions. He hence urged the club to be smarter with their scouting and recruitment.
Waddle added: “The problem he has is that many of the players who are on the market will also be on Chelsea, Manchester United and City’s radar and they can pay over the top for their services, but that’s not Tottenham’s style.
“I expect Mourinho’s scouts in Spain, Portugal and everywhere else to be busy finding the talent who he can mould into his team.”
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Looking at the transfer fees we paid for the likes of Ndombele and Lo Celso and the bumper contracts we have been handing out to some players in the last year or so, it is clear that we are now ready to compete with the other big guns in the league.
I believe that is exactly why Levy decided that Jose was the right man to oversee our next phase of the project which is achieving on-pitch success – however, failure to qualify for the Champions League will have a significant impact on our summer plans.
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