Jamie O’Hara believes his former club Tottenham Hotspur need to make purchasing a “world-class midfielder” their number one transfer priority this summer.
Spurs went into the 2018/19 season without a new signing, becoming the first club in Premier League history not to make a signing in consecutive transfer windows, but they’ve coped under manager Mauricio Pochettino and have a Champions League semi-final date with Ajax to look forward to.
Spurs’ lack of recruitment this season: Five things to know…
- Spurs haven’t signed a player in the past two windows.
- Mousa Dembélé (to Guangzhou R&F), though, was allowed to leave on a permanent deal.
- Spurs signed no fewer than six players in the previous season including record purchase Davinson Sánchez from Ajax.
- Reports have suggested focus was placed on financing their newly-built stadium which recently opened.
- Pochettino’s men are currently third in the Premier League table as well as being Champions League semi-finalist.
Despite a lack of investment, albeit the club have given a number of first-team players new and improved contracts, there’s been no shortage of players being linked with a move to Spurs.
One name that doesn’t go away is Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, who was heavily associated with the north London club last summer, but as we know, nothing transpired and he remains at Selhurst Park.
A suggestion behind their unwillingness to dig into their pockets is funds have been moved to finance their newly-built stadium, which recently opened against the aforementioned Palace.
Expectations are the club will be active this summer and O’Hara feels they must strengthen their midfield rather than make Zaha a Lilywhite.
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“Zaha is a fantastic player and a great prospect but I think Tottenham need to be looking at someone now who is going to change that team and add to that team,” he told Love Sport Radio.
“Does Zaha start in front of [Lucas] Moura or [Christian] Eriksen or Son? I don’t think so.
“I think they need to really strengthen in midfield. I’d like to see them sign a world-class midfielder. That’s the first thing Tottenham need to do.
“They need a couple but I’d like to see them go for someone special just to say ‘we’ve arrived now, we’ve got our stadium, this is what we’re thinking and this is where we’re going’. They don’t need to sign bit-part players.”
A big finish?
Spurs are on course to have one of their greatest seasons. Ending a 58-year championship drought is off the table as this season’s Premier League will be decided between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Finishing third, though, remains the goal. Pochettino’s side (on 67 points) are currently locked in battle with fierce rivals Arsenal (66), Chelsea (66) and Manchester United (64) for that honour.
But, importantly, there’s a chance to reach a first ever European Cup final. Spurs, after triumphing over Manchester City on away goals, now take on this season’s surprise package Ajax for a June 1st date with either Barcelona or Liverpool.