By Danny Wright
Jermaine Jenas believes that Tottenham need to drastically improve their wages if they wish to mount a serious Premier League title challenge next season.
Spurs’ hopes of being crowned champions of the English top-flight were all but ended on Friday night as they lost 1-0 to West Ham and many people have started to label Mauricio Pochettino’s side as ‘bottle-jobs’.
However Jenas, a former Spurs player, doesn’t believe that is the right term to use to describe the North London club due to the amount of money they spend on their players.
The 34-year-old does think, though, that the money they spend on players must change over the summer though or else Pochettino could see his team fall behind their rivals.
“They need to improve those wage bill numbers. It sounds crazy because you want to give them praise for being where they are, in terms of how brilliant it is with their wage bill being so low,” said Jenas on BT Sport Score at 2:50pm on Saturday.
“But they could stumble across a few issues because of that. I think to improve their squad and to put themselves in a better position next year, that’s what they need to do – they need to spend more money.
“It’s been a brilliant season and they’ve kicked on from where they were last year. “
Jenas made 200 appearances for Spurs during his career, scoring 26 goals.
He also earned 21 caps for England and played for the likes of Newcastle, QPR and Nottingham Forest.
Spurs were left four points adrift of Premier League leaders Chelsea on Friday night, who can build on that gap as they welcome Middlesbrough to Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Antonio Conte and his men can secure the title at West Brom next week if they can pick up six points from their next two outings.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris has said what he thinks was the reasoning to Friday’s loss at West Ham.