Tottenham legend calls for 'total rebuild' - is he right?

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Former Tottenham player and manager Ossie Ardiles has called for Spurs to undergo a total rebuild this summer.

Tottenham's season hasn't lived up to expectations, as the North London side were expected to at least challenge for the top four this season, possibly the title having spent over £100m after the sale of star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, but the team has failed to gel and it ultimately cost Andre Villas-Boas his job at the club.

Tim Sherwood was promoted to replace him but little has changed, leaving Spurs to once again miss out on a Champions League place whilst local rivals Arsenal have sealed a top four spot yet again. Change is now expected at White Hart Lane this summer, with a new manager and possibly a set of new players to come, and Ardiles believes Spurs have to undergo a huge overhaul.

“I believe that the players we have bought in this season have been the problem,” Ardiles told talkSPORT. “They are not performing the way we expected. I don’t want to name names, but basically all the people we have bought. This is a serious, serious problem.

“At the end of the day, whoever the manager is, Andre Villas-Boas earlier in the season and later on Tim, there is not a lot you can do with the kind of players we have right now. Whoever comes in, or if Tim stays, he has to make a big rebuilding of the team," the Argentine added.

However, as easy as it is to say that Spurs need to splash more cash, there has to be a degree of patience from chairman Daniel Levy. It takes time for foreign players to settle in the Premier League, and the likes of Vlad Chiriches, Paulinho, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado are recognised internationals who haven't simply become bad players overnight.

Additionally, the £100m+ spending spree from last summer will have taken a huge chunk out of the budget at the club, and spending a similar amount this summer would be a huge gamble - one with Levy may not be willing to cash the cheque for.

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