Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino should have a solid goalkeeper and defence for next season.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is in a very good position looking ahead to next season.
His popularity with fans is solid and he’s engineered a situation where Spurs could well be playing in the Champions League looking ahead to the next campaign.
If Tottenham pull off that achievement, Pochettino’s biggest challenge in the summer will be how he goes about improving his squad.
One area, which will be vital, regardless of the competitions Spurs are playing in, will be the defence.
Here’s what Tottenham’s back five might look like.
The big question for Tottenham is what will happen to Hugo Lloris if the side doesn’t secure Champions League football.
The Daily Telegraph reported last January that Spurs could cash in on him for £25 million and with Michel Vorm a decent back up, it’s definitely an option.
However, Lloris is a world class player who is going to be vital for the side’s defensive organisation and they must try and keep him.
Kyle Walker will keep his place at right-back. He’ll be challenged and put under pressure by DeAndre Yedlin, but he’s the experienced option.
Left-back is more difficult to predict. Danny Rose and Ben Davies have been duelling throughout the season, with the former ahead in the pecking order. However, Davies has done well when he’s been given a chance.
Spurs have no need to add players in either position in the transfer market unless someone gets injured.
The centre backs
Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier seem to be the first choice pairing at the moment, with Federico Fazio dancing around the third choice spot.
Vertonghen has the experience and leadership, while Dier has the raw pace and it’s a good combination. The former should stay, though he has admitted he wants Champions League football in the past.
Younes Kaboul, Tottenham’s captain, may leave which would put pressure on the boss to sign some cover but whoever might come in certainly wouldn’t be first choice.
Tottenham’s back five for the start of next season: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose
If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.