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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Luka Modric
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2. Bring in winning experience

One point that Antonio Conte made during his brief time as Spurs boss was that he wanted experienced players, not just young players with the potential to be great.

Postecoglou is more willing to work within the confines of the club transfer policy, but it is simultaneously holding the team back. Other clubs around them have benefitted from bringing in experienced players. Chelsea brought in Thiago Silva to steady their defensive woes, and he led them to a Champions League triumph in 2021.

Diego Carlos and Pau Torres arrived as experienced La Liga defenders, both with Europa League victories under their belts from their times at Sevilla and Villarreal, respectively. They helped power Villa to the Champions League qualification.

Arsenal brought in Declan Rice fresh off a Europa Conference League win, and despite him being on the younger side, his experience surely helped them this year. Spurs have tried to emulate this in the past when they brought back Gareth Bale in 2021-22, but it didn't work.

They tried to do it with Ivan Perisic, and that would've worked out had he not torn his ACL early in the '23-24 season.

This summer, two high-profile free agents are set to leave Real Madrid: Nacho Fernandes and Luka Modric. Modric already has a connection to Tottenham being that he played four seasons at White Hart Lane before leaving for the Spanish capital.

Nacho has been a mainstay for Los Blancos but only recovered his starting spot when injuries forced Eder Militao out of the team. Nacho still performed well, contributing to Madrid's La Liga triumph and return to the Champions League final.

Modric, while having a more muted season due to the emergence of Jude Bellingham and Fede Valverde, still provided clean assists and stayed injury-free at age 39. Both players could provide a winning experience that Postecoglou is desperate to instill at the club.

It would be a major departure from club policy, but it may help more than hurt. A good balance of young and veteran players is a recipe for success.

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