Four positions identified as Mourinho aims to build Tottenham team around £27m star

Date published: Tuesday 10th March 2020 6:59

Jose Mourinho has earmarked four positions that need strengthening at Tottenham as he aims to build his team around Giovani Lo Celso.

A report on Football Insider claims that the Spurs chief has been hugely impressed by the versatile midfielder and is convinced he can become a standout star in the Premier League and in Europe.

The report adds that the club are already taking early steps to rejuvenate and strengthen their squad in the summer, having really struggled over the last month following injuries to key players.

Among the positions where the club are scouting potential targets are said to be central defence, right-back, defensive midfield and striker.

There are serious doubts about the futures of a number of Mourinho’s first-team squad, including the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Juan Foyth and potentially record signing Tanguy Ndombele after recent criticism of the midfielder.

But one player who appears to have a long future in north London is Argentine star Lo Celso, who has stepped his game up to another level since signing a permanent £27m deal in January.

The 23-year-old initially struggled after signing on a loan-to-buy deal from Real Betis last summer, but still showed enough for Spurs to exercise their option to sign the player in the new year.

Lo Celso has started five of Tottenham’s last seven Premier League games and turned the game on its head when he came on at half-time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.

 

 

Mourinho will now to add some midfield steel in and around Lo Celso, with Spurs far to open and conceding too many goals this season.

A new striker is also a must after Tottenham left themselves woefully short after injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, while the likes of Norwich right-back Max Aarons and Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao have been mentioned as defensive targets.

Whatever happens this summer, it would appear that it will be a busy one of ins and outs as Tottenham look to get back to level of two to three years ago when they challenged for the Premier League title under Mauricio Pochettino.

 

 

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