By Coral Barry
Jamie Redknapp has claimed Tottenham’s priority signings this summer should be a top-class striker to take lighten Harry Kane’s burden and a playmaker who can provide some “stardust”.
Tottenham’s season has been derailed in recent weeks with the Londoners losing out on the Premier League title to Leicester, but Redknapp thinks Spurs can challenge again next season if they go out and spend money on a front man and a versatile No10.
Kane is currently leading the goal scoring charts in the Premier League with 25 goals from 36 appearances, but is the only player at White Hart Lane to score more than 10 league goals, which is the number scored by attacking midfielder Dele Alli.
Redknapp sees the over reliance on Kane as an obvious weakness for Spurs and has urged chairman Daniel Levy to spend the transfer window searching for a man capable of adding the same fire-power to the starting eleven as Kane.
“Now it’s up to the board,” said Redknapp writing in his Sky Sports column. “Do they want to be a big club, do they want to be successful, do they want to have a right go?
“It’s time to give the fans what they want, make sure Spurs hold onto the right players and invest where they need to so they can build on this season.
“They’re really not far away. If you look at what Spurs need to add, it’s difficult to find areas of weakness.
“They need someone to take the pressure off Harry Kane, if he picks up an injury, and maybe a bit of stardust, perhaps someone who operates in the wide area but can play No 10 to give them a different dimension.”
Tottenham face Southampton on Sunday without two of their best players as Mousa Dembele and Alli serve match bans for violent conduct.
Dembele was one of the Spurs players involved in a brawl during their 2-2 draw to Chelsea last Monday and has been hit with a six-game ban for scratching the face of Diego Costa.
Alli was banned after throwing a punch during the 1-1 draw with West Brom last week and the suspensions were incurred in matches where Spurs’ title charge received fatal blows.
In other Tottenham news, Levy has been talking about Spurs’ season and the plans he has for the summer.