Tottenham must replace all four of their full-backs to return to the Champions League, according to an expert.
Spurs have missed out on Champions League football for this season after a disappointing 2019-20 campaign which saw Mauricio Pochettino replaced by Jose Mourinho. The latter lifted them but not high enough to return to the European elite competition.
Spurs’ chances of returning to the Champions League appeared to have increased this time around. Mourinho even contested them for the title at one point.
It seems a long time ago, however, with six points currently separating them from the top four. It looks like they’ll have to wait at least a year for Champions League football.
This summer, they will be active in the transfer window, looking to strengthen Mourinho’s side. A priority is to find more competition for Harry Kane up front, but they also need to improve defensively.
Mourinho has not been happy with his defensive options this season and is looking for reinforcements.
Tottenham went on the cheaper side bring in Joe Rodon from Swansea City last summer. However, the rise of the championship has not been easy for the Welshman.
Now former Premier League striker Gabby Agbonlahor has cast doubt on Rodon’s ability and told Tottenham they need to change their four full-backs.
“I’m not too sure of himself, to be honest,” Agbonlahor said. Football insider by Rodon.
“I think he’s a good player, but he won’t take Spurs 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.”
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Tottenham in talks for Boateng
One man who could improve the Spurs rearguard is Jerome Boateng, who will be a free agent when he leaves Bayern Munich this summer.
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk, Tottenham are one of many clubs keeping an eye on the World Cup winner’s situation.
Borussia Dortmund can also provide competition for Boateng’s signing, but Sky Germany exclude them from the equation.
Therefore, Tottenham could have a clearer run for the signing of the former Manchester City defender.
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