As Tottenham count the cost of Chelsea winning the Champions League denying them the chance to compete in the tournament next season, the task of improving the quality of the squad has been made all the more difficult.
Despite finishing fourth, Spurs will not have a place in the playoffs for Europe’s top competition next term, and as such will have to adjust their transfer targets accordingly.
For example, just a few months ago, the BBC was one of the many outlets quoting Eden Hazard that he could end up moving to White Hart Lane. However, the absence of Champions League football rubbed out even the remote possibility of that happening, and the Belgian attacker has now joined Chelsea instead, according to The Daily Mail.
Spurs need to strengthen in several key areas over the summer, but not being among European football’s elite is sure to hinder their pursuit of top targets.