By Alex McLeish

11th Nov, 2021 | 5:30pm

Paratici told to complete Tottenham signing of pass master in January by ex-manager

Alex McLeish insists Tottenham need to bolster their midfield in the January transfer window with a tenacious pass master.

The former Aston Villa manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Spurs can learn from what Nuno Espirito Santo did at Wolves.

Tottenham sacked Nuno earlier this month and replaced him with Antonio Conte.

The attention of some fans has already turned to the January transfer window and who Conte might target.

McLeish insists Spurs need a “leader” to arrive at Hotspur Way and claimed the club can learn from Nuno’s transfer record at Wolves.

“Tottenham need a new body in that engine room,” McLeish told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

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“I think they need a real leader who can drive that team forward and give it a bit of heart.

“A real good passer of the ball, someone who you could say was blessed with natural ability.

“I think that is what Tottenham need. Those attackers are so starved of service sometimes.

“Wolves did it well. When Nuno went to Wolves, they brought in some really good, technical, Portuguese players if you remember.

“That gave them an edge. I’m just wondering if Paratici and Conte could do something similar.

“They don’t have to be Portuguese of course, but those kinds of players have to be on the club’s wishlist.

“It’s an exciting time, we really don’t know what they are going to do.”

Tottenham are ninth in the Premier League.

Conte won his first game in charge with a 3-2 win over Vitesse before drawing 0-0 with Everton on Sunday.

In other news, a Tottenham insider has revealed what Conte is doing to fix a major problem cause by Jose Mourinho.