Tottenham need to replace their entire back four to return to the Champions League, according to one pundit.
Spurs missed out on Champions League football for this season after an underwhelming 2019-20 campaign that saw Mauricio Pochettino replaced with Jose Mourinho. The latter lifted them up the table but not high enough to return to Europe’s elite competition.
The chances of Spurs making it back into the Champions League looked to have increased this time around. Mourinho even had them in title contention at one point.
That feels a long time ago, though, with six points currently separating them from the top four. It seems they will have to wait for Champions League football for at least another year.
In the summer, they will be active in the transfer window, looking to strengthen Mourinho’s squad. One priority is to find further competition for Harry Kane up front, but they also need to improve defensively.
Mourinho has not been satisfied with his defensive options this season and is looking for reinforcements.
Tottenham went on the cheaper side to bring in Joe Rodon from Swansea City last summer. The step up from the Championship has not been easy for the Welshman, though.
Now, former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has cast doubt on Rodon’s ability and told Tottenham they need to change their entire back four.
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“I’m not too sure about him, to be honest,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider of Rodon.
“I feel he’s a good player but he’s not going to take Spurs to where they want to go.
“Spurs want to get into the Champions League places and want to win things. Rodon, Sanchez, Alderwerield, Dier are not going to get them there.
“They need a whole new back four.”
Tottenham in talks for Boateng
One man who could improve Spurs’ rearguard is Jerome Boateng, who will be a free agent when he leaves Bayern Munich in the summer.
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Tottenham are one of many clubs keeping tabs on the World Cup winner’s situation.
Borussia Dortmund may also provide competition for Boateng’s signature, but Sky Germany rule them out of the equation.
Therefore, Tottenham may have a clearer run at signing the former Manchester City defender.