Carragher: This is the player Tottenham must sign to make them the real deal
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Carragher has claimed that Tottenham are only a bona fide superstar short of being the complete team.
The high profile pundit has given a ringing endorsement of Mauricio Pochettino’s side and believes they are capable of winning the Premier League title this season.
Carragher is convinced that the London club have what it takes to claw back the seven-point gap opened up by leaders Chelsea, although there is one ingredient absent from the team, a game-changing magician who can create and score goals in equal measure.
“All they are missing is a superstar such as Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez — or having Gareth Bale still at the club,” wrote Liverpool legend Carragher in his Saturday Mail column. “Then they would be the real deal.
“They are not, however, far away from becoming just that. Pochettino takes his team to face Manchester City on Saturday evening.
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“A home win would put the two teams level on 45 points but I know which one needs major surgery and which one I’d back for the title. It would be Tottenham every time.”
Second-placed Spurs head to the Etihad Stadium on the back of a run of six consecutive league victories, including a notable 2-0 triumph against Chelsea at White Hart Lane at the end of the festive period.
Pochettino’s men demolished West Brom 4-0 last weekend and have scored 19 goals and conceded just three during their winning run in the competition.
“Chelsea are going to be difficult to peg back but I am in no doubt that they (Tottenham) can win the league this year and it would be a massive statement if they were to complete a double over City,” added Carragher in the Mail.
Tottenham will be without Jan Vertonghen, who will be sidelined for six weeks with ankle ligament damage, at Etihad Stadium for the 5.30pm kick-off.
The Belgian is expected to be replaced in the starting line-up by Kevin Wimmer.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has signed after Spurs agreed terms.