By Noel Whelan

20th Jun, 2021 | 4:35pm

Pundit excited by Sky's Tottenham transfer update on Lamptey bid

Noel Whelan claims it is critical that the new Tottenham manager has a say on transfers after links to Tariq Lamptey.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists Spurs are in desperate need of a new right back.

On Wednesday (16th June) Sky Sports reported Tottenham’s interest in signing Lamptey from Brighton.

Lamptey, 20, had a breakthrough season last term as he made 11 Premier League appearances.

He registered one goal and three assists before picking up a hamstring injury in December and missing the rest of the season.

Tottenham’s new director of football, Fabio Paratici, is set to start work on 1st July and Whelan insists he must help to find a new manager as a matter of urgency.

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“Matt Doherty isn’t working at all,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“They were chopping and changing last season and that position let them down.

“They want to play an attacking, expansive style of football. Lamptey looks to get forward, he’s got amazing pace.

“He also caught the eye of many clubs last season with that exciting style of play.

“He probably should have had more goals to be honest. It depends on what formation they want to play.

“That’s why a manager being involved is so critical. What if a new boss comes in who doesn’t play with high wing backs.

“There’s no strategy in place, it looks like they are going to buy players and just telling the new manager ‘there you go’.

“That’s not the way it goes, there needs to be communication between the director of football and the manager.”

In other news, Tottenham have been tipped to make a “lot of money” after their plan to sell a “top player” is revealed.