Tottenham Rumors: 3 Positions Spurs Must Shore Up This Summer
With January well and truly gone, Tottenham's squad is set for the next three months as they look to shore up a top-four finish and a Champions League spot.
While supporters may be wary of the moves (or lack thereof) made this past January and how they might affect the club's chances of reaching their goals, such discussions are moot at this point.
Hence, when it comes to squad alterations, the point of discussion should be the upcoming summer transfer window.
Now, a lot of the squad is obviously set for years to come, with many young and talented players adding depth at many positions.
However, there are a few positions that might need some tweaking come August, especially if Spurs have the added difficulty of Champions League football next season.
Of course, there is an outside chance that a young player might make a name for himself over the rest of this season and establish himself as the clear choice at his position.
Barring that, though, here are the early candidates for positions Tottenham must improve upon in the summer transfer window.
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Given how potent the left side of Tottenham's attack can be, one wouldn't imagine that the left-back would be a position that Spurs would have to address.
However, there might be a need here.
The top choice at the position, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, has looked below his standards ever since returning from an injury he sustained in early September.
What's more worrisome, though, is the way Spurs were forced to deal with the position while he was out, as backup right-back Kyle Naughton, center-back Jan Vertonghen and even winger Gareth Bale were rotated over.
While the fill-ins did reasonably well considering, each took a component of Spurs' threat away: With Gareth Bale there, they lost his terrifying runs and shots; with Vertonghen there, they lost his solid play in the middle of the defense, with Naughton there, they lost the crossing and link-up play that Assou-Ekotto provides.
Unless the 20-year-old Ezekiel Fryers or the 22-year-old Danny Rose show signs of great things to come, Spurs will clearly need another natural left-back to, if nothing else, backup BAE.
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As of this season, Tottenham's depth at center-back is adequate.
Belgian Jan Vertonghen has been a stalwart of the side and looks destined to be a fixture in the club for years to come.
The 21-year-old Steven Caulker has shown amazing potential. He does have some areas to improve upon, i.e. consistency, but the England man looks a great find for the club.
Past that, though, the situation gets a little murkier.
Michael Dawson has had a good season, but his numerous injury problems are well documented and make it hard to rely on the 29-year-old.
The 35-year-old French veteran William Gallas has lost most of his speed and, if his thoroughly inconsistent play is any indication, could be approaching the end of his time as a player.
Younes Kaboul is set for a return to the team at some point, but even if he recovers fully from his lengthy injury, that still leaves the club with just three reliable options.
Hence, while this may not be a problem now, this position will definitely become an issue over the next few seasons, especially if the added pressure of the Champions League is on the club.
One more central defender would go a long way for Tottenham this summer.
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Readers know my feelings on Spurs' current standing at the striker position.
With Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor the only experienced recognized strikers in the squad, Tottenham are more than a little thin at the position.
This has become crystal clear over the past week, as Defoe's injury sustained in Sunday's match with West Brom and Adebayor's continued run with Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations left the squad with a dilemma a team chasing a top-four finish doesn't want to have.
Yes, Clint Dempsey can move into the position if needed, but his play there has proved that he is better suited in a more supporting midfield role.
Tottenham just seems woefully unprepared for an injury or loss of form from either of their two forwards. Wait, both of those have happened?
Unless one of Spurs' promising young talents, i.e. Jon Obika or Harry Kane, steps it up over the next few months, the club should be recruiting one or two more strikers over the summer.