Tottenham needs depth across the team to fight on four fronts
While Tottenham can field an XI that can compete with any team in the League, as Conte and company proved over the run-in to fourth place, however, when you start to add in injuries and then multiple games, fielding a strong team gets a bit dicier.
Tottenham had difficulties when Heung-min Son was injured this past season, and Davinson Sanchez was hit or miss subbing for an injured Cristian Romero. And we all know how things can go if Harry Kane gets hurt, as cover for him has been sparse for a long time. If Tottenham is to compete on four fronts – including the Champions League, Spurs need to get deeper across all three position groups.
Spurs need depth in the defence
Spurs will almost certainly sign a new left-back to work in Conte’s three-person set-up. This is no slight to Ben Davies, who had a tremendous campaign; however, Tottenham has no qualified cover for the Welshman.
Eric Dier can play on the left in a pinch, as can Davinson Sanchez. The team needs someone to compete with Davies and push him to continue to improve while making the team stronger, ideally improving on the position.
Besides left-back, a backup keeper for Hugo Lloris is a must. Even if Brandon Austin is eventually ready to step up, having a seasoned veteran in case the worst happens is essential. Rumours suggest Spurs will sign Fraser Forster, which should provide some measure of cover.
What Conte thinks of Sanchez and Joe Rodon will determine if more than one defender is needed.
Tottenham midfield needs an attack-minded upgrade
Oliver Skipp returning to platoon with Pierre Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur should give Spurs a strong foundation. However, finding a box-to-box midfielder who can be more creative and effective going forward would benefit the team. Conte uses his width to create a lot of chances – as opposed to a midfield maestro – but having an alternative is essential.
Ultimately, a midfielder who will get back and defend, makes a tackle on either end and spur the break with good forward passing is what the team needs – Christian Eriksen, anyone?
Beyond that fourth spoke in the middle of the park, Tottenham needs some upgrades at wing-back. Both Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal are improving and are excellent choices when the tactics call for defence-first. However, Sessegnon and Royal are not the kind of wingers that strike fear in any opponents.
The future of Sergio Reguilon looks pretty uncertain, and Matt Doherty is over 30 and coming off a bad injury. What the team does with those two and Royal may dictate the direction the club takes. Getting two more attack-minded wing-backs to complement Sessegnon and Royal or Doherty seems right.
Kulusevski helps, but Tottenham needs more choices across the front three
Dejan Kulusevski was a godsend for this team; his footballing nous combined with a natural eye for a pass made the Swede the perfect compliment for Son and Harry Kane. However, when Deki was ill, Lucas Moura showed us that not all players fit Conte’s system equally.
For whatever reason, Steven Bergwijn seems destined to play somewhere else next year – thanks for the miracle – leaving Spurs with minimal firepower behind the three starters. None of the team’s forwards were out injured to end the season, but Tottenham was still only one injury away from total disaster; that must change.
Finding a player who can be an out-and-out striker and plays from wide would be ideal. Maybe Troy Parrot or Dane Scarlett will grow into that player, but it seems unlikely for next season. Another player like-for-like player for any of Kane, Son, or Kulusevski would be an enormous help.
All teams need depth, but Tottenham will be back in the Champions League while having a top four or better finish expected of them domestically. To pull off a feat like that, you need a deep team, as Liverpool has demonstrated this season, and even then, it may not be enough. However, with a few of the right signings in the right areas, Spurs can have that same chance.