Spurs were blunt in attack without the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min against RB Leipzig, and there are already signs that the big-spending of January wasn’t quite enough for Jose Mourinho.
He needs a full summer to pick out targets and throw money at them, and we’ve had a peer into our crystal ball to get an idea of how he’ll spend Spurs’ money.
It might be the least important position in theory, with Hugo Lloris still at a decent level and Paulo Gazzaniga a better option than many other Premier League deputies, but we shouldn’t forget about José’s past. He’s got a history of dumping first choice stoppers, be it sidelining Carlo Cudicini at Chelsea or breaking the will of Iker Casillas at Real Madrid.
Mourinho needs a keeper he can rely on. He needs someone who knows what it’s like to keep goal for a Mourinho team. He needs Hilario. As a member of Chelsea’s coaching staff, he even already lives in London.
Tottenham’s defence is beginning to get a bit stale. Those remaining from Mauricio Pochettino’s earlier squads are finding it difficult to justify their selection, so a bit of refreshment is well in order.
If you thought Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will be dumped for being past it, though, you’re going about things the wrong way. Mourinho loves experience, and he loves winners in his squad. This leaves him no choice but to bring in Ricardo Carvalho on a multi-year deal.
As for the full-back positions, we can’t entirely rule out Mourinho renewing acquaintances with Luke Shaw by signing him from Manchester United. In fact, it almost seems inevitable.
The club has options for Giovani Lo Celso and Gedson Fernandes when their respective loan spells come to an end in the summer, but at least one of those is a no-go.
Time to go all out and sign Nemanja Matić for a third time. You know it ‘makes sense’. And you know he’ll be sensational on his debut, too, giving you nearly 24 hours of being able to say “José’s done it again”.
Come on now, let’ s not be stupid. Mourinho isn’t going to sign a striker. He’s got Troy Parrott – who’ll play four minutes next season, in a European dead rubber.
Then Spurs can bring in Robert Huth and stick him up front.