Tottenham Hotspur may have some of the brightest young talent in the Premier League, with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane and Eric Dier all impressing this season, but their capitulation against Manchester United proved they still had some work to do.
It would be wrong to take a single result and use it to critique a team’s entire season; after all, this promising Spurs side reached the final of the Capital One Cup, impressed for a time in the Europa League and are only one point behind fifth-placed Liverpool.
But Tottenham are likely to sign players this summer, and two who would be perfect for them currently belong to Newcastle United.
Ayoze Perez has shown in his brief time at St James’ Park that he is a talented and versatile young forward while Moussa Sissoko is a midfielder who would not look out of place in any side in the country.
Can Tottenham sign either player? Almost certainly not, especially in the case of Perez who only arrived at Newcastle last summer from Tenerife.
But it goes to show that bargains are out there and Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino will surely be looking long and hard in an attempt to bring in the players who can take his side to the next level.
Perez is not just a goal-scorer; he is also comfortable playing as a secondary forward or as a right winger; a versatility which would allow Tottenham to continue playing Harry Kane up front on his own while adding more goal threat, or rest the prolific front-man in favour of the Spaniard.
As for Sissoko, his goal-scoring ability and creativity would ensure that Spurs could still succeed when Christian Eriksen was having an off-day; something that has been a worrying trend for the Danish international in recent matches.
If Tottenham could sign Perez and Sissoko, along with reported targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, they would have the playing staff to not just challenge but excel in a range of competitions.
The problem is, just how many of those players can they realistically sign?