By Harvey Byrne
Sky pundit Phil Thompson believes Tottenham’s weakness lies in the lack of depth in their attacking midfield ranks and has predicted a fifth place finish for the club next season.
The north Londoners have largely kept the same squad as the one which finished in as runners-up in the last campaign with only right-back star Kyle Walker leaving for league rivals Manchester City.
However, some have grown concerned that the club have not yet brought anyone else in as they look to push on from their second placing alongside competing in the Champions League next season.
Thompson would seemingly agree with that thought and he has told that as things stand he can see Spurs dropping down to fifth with the goals likely to dry up if Christian Eriksen or Dele Alli suffer injury next season.
“It’s difficult to pick a weakness. Kieran Trippier has got a better final ball than Kyle Walker, the centre-backs are as strong as there are around and they score goals,” told Thompson to the Sky Sports website.
“However, if the three behind Kane do get injured then the goals could dry up a bit. Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Harry Winks aren’t going to get many goals, so many if the three behind the supporting three don’t provide then Kane is carrying a lot of the burden.
“Everton seem to be pricing Spurs out of Ross Barkley. I don’t think £50m is going to happen. His wage demands are going to have to come down and he might have to accept that. Spurs might have to look elsewhere, maybe even at bringing back Gylfi Sigurdsson.
“I hate giving predictions now because we don’t know who will come through the door. They could make some fantastic signings, as could most, but as things stand I think Spurs will finish fifth.”
Last summer Tottenham brought in just four players with Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Georges Kevin N’Koudou making the switch to White Hart Lane.
Only midfield enforcer Wanyama impressed in his debut season at the club with the other three struggling with the level that Spurs were playing at.
Supporters will be hoping they can have strong second seasons in north London as they look to dethrone close rivals Chelsea for their first Premier League title.
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