Darren Bent claims that Tottenham will have to make a “massive” financial push if they are to start challenging for trophies.

The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits the Lilywhites have done “remarkable” so far but that they need to start splashing the cash to make a difference.

Spurs have established themselves as regular contenders for the top four in the Premier League, while they were Champions League finalists last season, but they have not picked up a trophy since 2008.

As detailed in the latest Global Sports Salaries Survey by Sporting Intelligence, Tottenham sit behind the rest of the Premier League’s traditional top six, as well as Everton, in terms of wage expenditure.

Manchester City top the list in England with an average weekly wage of £134,375, while Spurs splash out just £76,174-a-week on average.

Bent, who is predicting a major financial shift in football amid the Coronavirus pandemic, has lauded Spurs for their relative success but suggests a big push is needed to take the next step.

Bent told Football Insider: “I think this situation is going to affect so many people and I think football clubs are being forced to look at some of their finances and go: ‘We need to be cautious in what we do, we can’t be the free-spirited big spenders we once were.’

“When you look at players’ wages, it was a bit like, ‘when’s it going to stop?’ I always thought to myself it can’t go on. We had players on £300-400,000-a-week – were we going to see £1million-a-week? How can clubs sustain that?

“Spurs have done remarkable, considering the budget they’ve had, you’ve got to give them credit that they’ve done well. I know a lot of fans would like Daniel Levy to dip into his pocket a little bit more but he has spent money over the years – not as much as the Manchester United’s but he’s still managed to get them up there. 

“Are they going to be challenging for the title? They maybe need one or two real marquee signings to really push them over the line. Are they going to going to spend £100million-plus on one player? I can’t see it. 

“All they can do is keep improving and doing what they’re doing but at some stage you’d have to say for Spurs something will have to change because you can’t keep nipping – you’ve got to go into your pocket and go massive. Everyone’s done it at some stage and look at the rewards.”

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