Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he expects the strength of the club’s squad to improve in the near future.
The American suggested that manager Mauricio Pochettino is doing a good job and has backed him to develop the squad effectively.
“It took a while for the manager to get his message across – I think over the next couple of seasons you’re going to see real improvements in the squad,” said Friedel.
“I think you’ll see two or three top players competing for every position.”
If Pochettino can develop the squad as the American anticipates then Tottenham will be even better equipped to deal with long seasons than they already are.
The issue is whether chairman Daniel Levy will give him that chance to develop the team as he wants.
There is real pressure on Pochettino to secure Champions League football for Tottenham, with former Boss Tim Sherwood telling the Metro that a top four finish was integral to his security as manager.
He’ll also need to be backed financially by the club, which again ties into Champions League football.
A top four spot this season would bring in extra revenue for Tottenham and also allow the club to improve their current commercial agreements, providing the boss with the luxury of being able to reinvest the cash.
Two or three top players would eradicate the impact of injuries and suspension, but there’s a lot of work to be done and plenty to be achieved before Pochettino can achieve that goal.