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Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Tottenham are in need of significant strengthening if they are to compete in the Premier League and European competitions at the same time. The comments from the manager came in the wake of Tottenham’s 2-1 loss against Monaco. The result knocked out the English outfit from the Champions League group stages even with one game still left in the competition. They are now facing an even bigger fight to even qualify for the Europa League.

CSKA Moscow are in contention with Spurs for the third spot in the group, which will provide access to the Europa League knockout stages.

Pochettino would have been very much aware of the difficulties of managing focus on two different competitions week in and week out. It was going to be made even more difficult by commitments in EFL Cup. It has proved to be the case, as Spurs have never been comfortable managing games in both competitions.

At a time when the top clubs are capable of rotating quite significantly for European games and still maintain the quality in the team, Spurs do not seem capable of that right now. Pochettino is also not helped by the long list of injuries which continues to affect the team.

There is no doubt that Tottenham have closed the gap to many of the top clubs in the last two years. However, Pochettino says that this defeat shows that the North London outfit still have a long way to go. According to Sky Sports, he said:

“It is good for us to learn from this for the future if we are going to be in the Champions League next season and try to compete in that and the Premier League, maybe we need to make changes.

“I think it’s better to be in the Europa League, it would be good for the club. We are in a process and a period where we need to improve. To play Saturday then Tuesday-Wednesday is like you play the Premier League continuously. We struggled to be ready to compete in every game.”

Spurs will be looking to recover from this massive setback by focusing on the Premier League and FA Cup commitments from here on. Even though Spurs are the only team in the Premier League not to suffer a defeat so far, their form has plummeted since the win over Manchester City at the start of October. Since then, the team has managed a run of just one win in nine matches.

Pochettino will know that the league form has to improve rather quickly, or Spurs face the risk of being out of top four contention by the end of January.

A visit to Stamford Bridge in order to take on Chelsea awaits the club this weekend. It will be yet another tough encounter, but there are certainly positives to take out of the Monaco game. Harry Kane would certainly be one of them; since returning from a long term injury layoff, the England international has scored four goals in his last three matches. It may have required a penalty in order to find the back of the net against Monaco, but Kane received poor service throughout the game.

As the game against Monaco was played on Tuesday night, Spurs will not be affected by any tiredness issues on Saturday against Chelsea.

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AS Roma reject move from Tottenham for Edin Dzeko

Tottenham’s move to sign Edin Dzeko has been rejected by AS Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato).

The two-time Premier League winner left Manchester City for Roma close to three years ago. Dzeko has been one of the top performers for the Serie A giants and has eight goals and two assists for them this season.

The 33-year-old was decent during his time at Manchester, and the report claims that Tottenham see him as the perfect back-up for Harry Kane.

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Edin Dzeko joined AS Roma from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

The Englishman has been in great touch under Jose Mourinho, but we don’t have senior cover for the striker.

Troy Parrott could get some minutes if Kane needs a break while Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura cal also lead the line.

Roma have no intention of selling Dzeko

The Bosnian has scored 95 goals for Roma and they have said that the striker is not for sale (h/t Calciomercato).

Tottenham could do with another striker coming in with us allowing two senior forwards to leave in the previous summer.

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Harry Kane scored twice against Serbian side Red Star (Image credit: Getty)

Mourinho could do with more players coming in the January window, and it will be interesting to see what his plans are.

Spurs have been better under him than Mauricio Pochettino, however, we are far from the final product.

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Mourinho hopeful of keeping rising Tottenham star despite interest from other clubs

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Jose Mourinho hopeful of keeping Tory Parrott at Tottenham

Troy Parrott is one of the brightest talents at Tottenham. The 17-year-old Irish striker made his Premier League debut in the 5-0 win over Burnley and had featured in the Carabao Cup defeat at Colchester too.

The forward has already played for the Irish senior side, and there are great things expected from him.

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Troy Parrott made his senior debut for Spurs in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

However, the youngster has only 18 months left on his contract and has attracted the interest from several European clubs (h/t Sun).

Jose Mourinho is keen to keep hold of the 17-year-old and is hopeful of convincing him to stay at Tottenham, according to the Evening Standard (h/t Sun).

Mourinho has some tough decisions to take as Spurs boss. Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld are all free agents in the summer.

Spurs need to keep hold of Parrott

The youngster is a great talent and it will interesting to see how many games he plays this season.

The report claims that Parrott could feature against Bayern Munich in the Champions League tomorrow.

Spurs can’t mix the team up much later in the season as we are out of the Carabao Cup. However, Parrott could play in the FA Cup too.

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Mourinho has changed things around since replacing Mauricio Pochettino and dealing with Parrott is one of his biggest challenges at the moment.

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Tottenham keeping tabs on 9-goal striker to provide cover for Harry Kane

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Tottenham keeping tabs on Galatasaray striker Vedat Muriqi

Tottenham are one of several clubs interested in 25-year-old forward Vedat Muriqi, according to Sporx (h/t Sun).

The lanky forward scored against England for Kosovo in a Euro 2020 qualifier and has been prolific for Galatasaray too.

Muriqi has scored nine goals and provided two assists from 13 Turkish league games this season.

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Vedat Muriqi (L) is great at winning headers (Image credit: Getty)

The centre-forward has six goals and two assists for Kosovo over the past season and is great in the air.

The report claims that we are interested in signing a back-up for Harry Kane but there are others keen on the 25-year-old.

Leicester City are interested in the Kosovo striker but so are Lazio, Frankfurt and Monaco (h/t Sun).

Spurs could do with cover for Kane given that we allowed Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen to leave in the previous summer window.

We didn’t sign any replacements and that could be a problem if Kane picks up an injury.

The Englishman was in great touch in the 5-0 win over Burnley and scored a brace too.

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Harry Kane scored twice against Serbian side Red Star (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham returning to winning ways

Spurs bounced back from their defeat to Manchester United with an easy win over the Clarets.

Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko all scored with Kane too. We need to keep picking up the wins as Chelsea lie six points ahead of us in fourth place.

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We face Bayern Munich in the next game before a tough trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

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Premier League rivals demand £50million for Tottenham-linked star

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Norwich want £50m for Tottenham-linked Ben Godfrey

Ben Godfrey is one of the young stars doing their best for Norwich City this season.

Daniel Farke’s team lie in the relegation zone but have put in some quality performances. The 21-year-old centre-back has featured in all of the Canaries’ games this season and has been linked with Tottenham (h/t Daily Star).

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Ben Godfrey has done well for Norwich City this season (Image credit: Getty)

However, the English defender will not come on the cheap with the Canaries’ valuing him at £50m, according to The Athletic (h/t Daily Star).

Arsenal are also keen on the rising star but Tottenham have another Norwich defender on their minds too (h/t Daily Star).

Max Aarons, one of Norwich’s full-backs, is also being linked with Jose Mourinho’s team (h/t Daily Star).

There is interest from foreign clubs too with Borussia Dortmund and Lyon keen on Godfrey, according to the report.

Norwich are open to selling him but they are only willing to let him leave for £50m (h/t Daily Star).

Tottenham’s defensive issues

We could do with another centre-back coming in as two of our stars are free agents in the summer.

Toby Alderweireld
Toby Aldeweireld is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are in the final year of their deals, and it will be interesting to see what happens with the pair.

Godfrey has looked decent for Norwich, but stepping up for a bigger club will be a real challenge for the youngster.

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We have kept just one clean sheet under Mourinho, and that came in our last game.

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