Jermaine Jenas: Tottenham need to strengthen this position with world-class signing in January
By Will Butcher
Jermaine Jenas believes Tottenham need to sign a world-class attacking midfielder to boost their chances of winning the Premier League title.
Former midfielder Jenas watched on as his old side secured a comfortable passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Championship giants Aston Villa.
Speaking after the match on BBC 1’s live coverage of the third-round tie, Jenas believes Spurs’ summer signings in that position have not lived up to expectations and recruitment is needed.
“I would like them to go an get a world-class payer that can provide back up to Erik Lamela, Heung Min-Son, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the attacking midfield role,” Jenas declared.
“The summer signings in that position weren’t great, but bringing in a player that could provide the difference in that three-man slot could make the difference.”
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Moussa Sissoko and Georges N’Koudou were brought to White Hart Lane for more than a combined £40million this summer, but have failed to score a single goal between them.
N’Koudou has been kept on the bench as Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team stars continue to sparkle in a side that currently sit third in the Premier League table.
Despite being arguably one of France’s best performers at Euro 2016, £30million signing Sissoko has stuttered in north London since his move from Newcastle with his hefty price tag continuing to weigh him down.
Frenchman N’Koudou has also struggled with just one start to his name all season, but at 21 and only costing £11million from Marseille the speed merchant is likely to be given more time.
Football Insider verdict:
Signing a new attacking midfielder could prove the key as Pochettino looks to mount a title challenge. Lamela’s ongoing battle with injury has seen Sissoko come into the side, but he has struggled to perform to the ability that is required when £30million has been paid. With the second half of the season likely to bring injuries as Spurs’ demanding 2016-17 campaign begins to get harder with an upcoming Europa League campaign, a January recruit in the attacking midfield area that would jump straight into the first team or provide stronger back-up than Sissoko or N’Koudou could prove the difference.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Andy Reid has delivered this update on the transfer rumours surrounding Alli.