Tony Cascarino delivers verdict on Tottenham summer transfer plans
By Russell Edge
Pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed that Tottenham do not need to make too many changes to their squad this summer following their North London derby victory.
Spurs stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored within minutes of each other at White Hart Lane to secure a 2-0 win over rivals Arsenal and keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea in their pursuit of a first Premier League title.
The result also ensured that, for the first time since the 1994/95 season, Tottenham will finish above their North London rivals come the end of the season.
The home side dominated Arsene Wenger’s side for much of the match, and Tony Cascarino believes this spell of domination over their Arsenal is set to continue.
He also feels that Tottenham just need to make small adjustments to their squad in the summer transfer window, unlike their North London neighbours.
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Writing in the Times, former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino said: “The gulf between the two clubs is just growing and growing and I don’t see it closing anytime soon.
“Tottenham may tweak their squad this summer but, if Wenger stays, then he needs to overhaul his.
“If any club should be worried about their squad, then it is Arsenal.”
Former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino heralded the character of the Spurs players, praising manager Mauricio Pochettino for constructing a side who show such mental strength.
However, he left a scathing review for Wenger and his side after their derby defeat, questioning their heart and desire to compete at the top level.
“Mauricio Pochettino has developed a squad who will fight for everything, Wenger’s side just seem to be hanging on,” he said.
“They simply do not have players who are hungry enough.
“What they need are players who are hungry to win, who will put their body on the line and fight for the club.”
The derby win leaves Spurs within touching distance of fellow title hopefuls Chelsea, sitting four points behind in second with four games left to play.
Arsenal meanwhile find themselves sixth after a disappointing season by the Gunners’ standards, six points off fourth placed Manchester City.
Tottenham’s next fixture sees them take the short trip across London to the Olympic Stadium to go head-to-head with West Ham on Friday night, with a win moving them to within a point of Chelsea.
In other Tottenham news, Danny Murphy has given his reasoning why Arsenal were beaten by Spurs on Sunday.