After losing out on Champions League football on the last day of the season some big decisions will have to be made at White Hart Lane this summer.
Every team that finished above Spurs will strengthen their squads during this window as will Liverpool who will be aiming for a higher finish next season, meaning it may be harder than ever for Spurs to break into the top four.
The problem the club has is any significant spending this summer would be a massive gamble given they do not have the cash the Champions League guarantees, if they spend big and come fifth again the club’s hands would be tied in next summer’s window.
Especially since that seems the most likely time for star player Gareth Bale to be sold, the club would want to be in a position to reinvest the money from any potential Bale transfer and not use it to plug debts created this summer.
Bale would be a massive loss for the team, trying to replace him and supplement the rest of the squad next summer would be a massive job and Andre Villas-Boas would need the full amount from any deal for Bale and not a percentage of it.
The Portuguese has certainly made some improvements in the team this year and can count his team a bit unlucky to have finished the season with the club’s highest ever Premier League points total and only have Europa League football to show for it.
Tottenham had an indifferent start to their first league campaign under Villas-Boas, trying to implement his style on the team as well as bed in new signings seemed to affect results in the first few games, they picked up two points out of the first nine.
Results soon picked up though and Villas-Boas will think Spurs have a better chance of hitting the ground running next season which could make all the difference.
Their buys last summer such as Vertonghen, Dembele and Lloris went on to have great seasons and are now mainstays of the team, long term injury victim Sandro’s return will also boost the squad for next season.
With William Gallas leaving the club on a free transfer another defender will be required and another striker will definitely be on Villas-Boas’ shopping list.
Tottenham’s biggest mistake of last season was not buying a striker in January, both Defoe and Adebayor struggled during the season and two strikers is not enough in any case for a team pushing for the top four.
Spending £15m-£20m million on a top striker in January would probably have sealed Champions League football and a windfall of £30m+.
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