Transfer Wishlist: Spurs’ creative chief needs some competition

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Which areas do they need to strengthen?

Given Spurs’ inconsistencies this season it’s difficult to pin down one or two specific areas that could do with a boost. There is a case to be made for recruits in almost every part of the pitch.

Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio have lost just twice as a starting defensive pair, but have only kept five clean sheets in 17 games, while the deputies inspire little confidence.

A raft of senior central midfielders have lost their place to youngsters Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, putting their futures at the club in doubt. Should they go, they’ll need replacing.

Up front is perhaps the biggest concern though, with Harry Kane carrying the weight of 75 international caps on his back with 18 all-competition goals to Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado’s combined six.

Who have they been linked with?

Jay Rodriguez, Danny Ings, Adrien Rabiot, Carlos Bacca, Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas Gaitan, Demarai Gray, Sebastian Giovinco, Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Emenike, Fabian Delph, Thiago Motta, Miguel Lopes, Winston Reid, Saido Berahino

January Wishlist Best Buys

Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)

Chances of signing: With Adebayor and Soldado failing to pull their weight on the goalscoring front, Pochettino is likely to make replacing them his top priority this January. Bacca has been a consistent net bulger in La Liga and has a useful European record to boot.

Winston Reid (West Ham)

Chances of signing: The shakiness of every centre-back employed by Spurs will be a worry for the club’s Argentine boss and their tendency to make errors could force his hand to recruiting someone more sturdy. Reid, who could be cashed in on before walking away for free in the summer, fits that bill.

Danny Ings (Burnley)

Chances of signing: Depending on the warchest Spurs have available this January, Ings could be preferred over Bacca due to his cheaper price tag. The England U21 international is out of contract this summer and would jump at the chance for regular Premier League minutes.

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Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim)

While Christian Eriksen is performing admirable string-pulling duties behind Kane in the number 10 role, an injury to the wizardly young Dane would almost instantly wipe out Spurs’ ability to create chances. Bringing in Firmino, a similarly youthful attacking midfielder making waves in the Bundesliga, would solve such a problem.

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