Tottenham's mentality must change before next season. How can they change it?

The biggest hurdle for Spurs has been the belief in winning. Ange Postecoglou has made that known throughout the season. Just how will he go about doing that, though?
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Tensions are high in N17 following the defeat to Manchester City. Sure, Spurs fans were happy local rivals Arsenal weren't winning, but Ange Postecoglou was livid at what he heard, saw, and felt from the fans, and suggestively, the board.

He came to Tottenham as a serial winner in Australia, Japan, and Scotland. He knew the Spurs job would have ups and downs, but he didn't expect the reaction of fans against City. Thus, it has prompted calls for people "inside the club, outside the club" to change their attitude about winning.

Mentality is not something you can just buy. Chairman Daniel Levy had brought in serial winners before, only for them to fall short, and they often said it was down to club culture and mentality. Unlike those before him, Postecgolou is willing to instill this into the club culture, but they must buy in as well.

What exactly needs to change at Hotspur Way to get to the level of perennial title challengers and Champions League regulars? Here are three key points to consider.

1. Be ready to spend big on another club record signing

Tottenham's record with attracting big-money signings is not exactly great. The club's record signing, Tanguy Ndombele, is out on loan at Galatasaray, his third loan stint since joining from Lyon in 2019 for €62 million.

Richarlison, who cost around £60 million from Everton, is the second-most expensive player in club history. Neither has been as advertised, but the Brazilian striker's performances were much better this season (11 league goals). However, this sort of business of buying big-money flops needs to end.

Tottenham need their Alexander Isak moment, a player that will cost a pretty penny but will knowingly turn their fortunes around. If Newcastle attracted Isak away from Real Sociedad without European football, Tottenham should be able to do the same. There needs to be less focus on the player price tag, and more on why said player could be transformative.

This is not to suggest Tottenham are suddenly going to sway a generational talent like AC Milan's Rafael Leao to join them, but it does point to the fact that the new sporting structure must get it right, and they must insist the club meet the asking price.

Fans do not want a repeat of the Paulo Dybala saga, where Spurs almost had him signed and sealed before the deal was called off over image rights disputes. The signing must meet Posetcoglou's criteria, too. Signs point to this being a striker, given the team's attacking woes.

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