Paul Merson: This is the problem Tottenham are now facing
By Harvey Byrne
Former Arsenal player turned Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes Tottenham now have the problem of searching for players who are better than their current stars.
Spurs achieved a second placed finish in the 2017-18 campaign with just seven points separating them from league leaders Chelsea, while eight points saw them in front of Manchester City in third.
They will now be looking to progress in the next campaign which will see them play at Wembley and Mauricio Pochettino will be scouring the summer market for potential additions.
But, Merson believes there aren’t many players out there better than the current Tottenham first team and has told that Pochettino now has a problem of finding them.
“You’ve got to remember, Spurs have come from absolutely nowhere in the last two seasons. If they don’t win anything in the next two seasons, then you start to worry,” wrote Merson in his column for the Sky Sports website.
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“I think the fixture list is very, very important for Spurs come June. I really think they need to be playing the lesser teams first up at Wembley, so they can get their confidence up.
“You don’t want three of Liverpool, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City coming to Wembley in the first five home games. It’s massively important.
“In terms of keeping hold of their main men, these stadiums cost money. Kyle Walker could be going to Man City, and Tottenham aren’t going to be able to pay the players what Manchester United and others can.
“Tottenham were the only team last summer who went into the season with a proper team developed already. You go through Man Utd, they need three or four, so do Arsenal and Man City, but you look at Spurs, and the team is there already.
“But if you’re going to buy players for £30-40m, do they want to sit on the bench? That’s the problem, they bought Vincent Janssen, who has hardly played, and if they get rid of him and bring in someone as back-up for Harry Kane, you’re going to pay tens of millions for a player who hardly gets a game unless Kane is injured. That’s the problem Tottenham have; when you buy players, they have to be better than what you already have, and there aren’t many around better than Spurs at the moment.”
Last summer Pochettino brought in four senior players to add to his first team squad in an attempt to improve on their third placing in the 2015-16 season.
Now, while the Argentine did meet his aim, it was mainly down to the players who he already had progressing with summer signings Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou all failing to make an impact at the club.
He will now be hoping to have better success with his acquisitions this summer and he will be looking to secure players who can hit the ground running like Victor Wanyama has done this season.
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