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What’s Needed For Next Season At Spurs?

Fourth in the Premier League and in with a shot at European glory – not a bad first season for Andre Villas-Boas. However, if Spurs are to build for next season, Matt Walsh has highlighted three things that need to change if the club are push on.

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So far, Andre Villas-Boas’ first season with Tottenham Hotspur couldn’t have gone any better, he’s got Gareth Bale in the form of his life, for the majority of the season his tactics has been superb, he’s moulded Sandro into beast mode and has brought in some superb acquisitions into the side, namely Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele.

But for progression next season, there are three things, in my opinion, are needed.

A striker is needed, desperately. But should there be more time spent on thier workout programs with fatgiue being an issue?

There aren’t many of these around at the moment, that are of high quality, and those that are, are on huge wages and already at clubs who have trophy ambitions (see Cavani and Falcao.) One player that is lighting up Europe is Cote d’Ivoire international Wilfried Bony. The 24-year old powerhouse is currently plying his trade in the Holland in the Eredivise for Vitesse Arnhem. In 24 Eredivisie league games, he’s netted 26 times – scoring a hat-trick on two occasions. Bony is currently valued at around €10m, which would be a huge steal for Spurs

Implement the youth, drop Scott Parker and for crying out loud let Willy Gallas go

Some journalists are still reporting that Spurs could be in for Joao Moutinho, and some fans are calling for Moutinho to be one of our first summer signings and while I would be absolutely ecstatic at that signing, there are other routes we can go for – Tom Carroll and Lewis Holtby. Carroll has been superb whenever coming on in the latter stages of games for Spurs. The 20-year old is comfortable on the ball, has a great touch and neat footwork and first-team exposure can only be a good factor for his development. Lewis Holtby is still finding his feet in the Tottenham Hotspur set up, but is a huge prospect for the club, his one-two link up play is wasted on the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, and has an exquisite first touch that can lose defenders and midfielders in a split second.

Another youth prospect that could find himself in the Tottenham Hotspur set up next season is 21-year old right back Adam Smith, currently on loan at Millwall. Smith has been a regular in the England under-19 set up. Also, Kyle Walker who has been very inconsistent this season needs competition for him to step his game up.

Revert to your beloved 4-3-3 formation and please, please hold on to Gareth Bale for at least one more glorious season

Bale has shone so far in Villas-Boas’ short eight month reign, and he can only get better under his stewardship. Reverting to Andre Villas-Boas’ 4-3-3 formation that won him silverware and plaudits at FC Porto can only progress us further, with the return of Younes Kaboul and Sandro in the spine of our team will help tremendously. Place Mousa Dembele and Lewis Holtby/or Tom Carroll alongside the Brazilian can only be a beautiful thing, right? Wilfried Bony (only a pipedream for now) flanked by Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon is the stuff Football Manager fanatics dream of.

One more thing Andre, don’t lose the croaky throat, whatever those horrible pundits and journalists may say.

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