Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has said that Mauricio Pochettino must be looking to sign up a new winger at Tottenham to help cover off one of the squad’s weaknesses.
Spurs are currently sitting fifth in the Premier League table after their opening 23 games, with Harry Kane’s 20 top flight goals having fired them to success in the majority of their matches.
The club have also secured a clash against last season’s runners-up Juventus in the Champions League knock out stages, having gone through their group unbeated, having faced off with reigning champions Real Madrid, German giants Borussia Dortmund and Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia.
However, despite Kane and his team mates having shone both domestically and on the European stage, Ferdinand believes that investment in January is a necessity if they are to push on to the next level, and avoid disappointment if and when teams manage to mark their star striker out of the game, which he believes is a weakness to the side.
He has identified the international trio of Julian Draxler, Yannick Carrasco and Riyad Mahrez, from Paris Saint Germain, Atletico Madrid and Leicester City respectively, as ideal transfer targets for the club.
Speaking on BT Sports’ coverage of their 4-0 win over Everton (13/01, 17:00) on Saturday, he said: “[Yannick] Carrasco, will you get him? [Julian] Draxler, who is surplus at PSG.
“[Riyad] Mahrez even, someone like that.
“You need those players that draw two or three out of positions. At the moment if you shut down Kane you go a long way to shutting down this Tottenham team.”
Carrasco, 24, has 22 caps under his belt for Belgium, but has struggled to nail down a first team spot in Atletico’s first team, with just 12 starts under his belt this season.
German international Draxler, who has 40 appearances for his country at the age of 24, has been a more regular feature for PSG, although still has suffered at the hands of rotation with 15 out of his 25 appearances coming in the starting XI.
Mahrez meanwhile has appeared in every one of Leicester’s 23 league games this season, and the 26-year-old has picked up 35 caps for Algeria since his debut back in 2014.
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