Tottenham Hotspur have slipped away from Champions League contention and must strengthen their squad significantly to have any chance next season.
Tottenham lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City last weekend, a result which ended any faint hope of reaching the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
They now face a head-to-head battle with manager Mauricio Pochettino’s former club, Southampton, to avoid having to play pre-qualifiers for next season’s Europa League.
That would be a disaster for Spurs as it would not only mean a shorter pre-season but also the need for plenty of rotation before the Premier League kicks off again and, let’s face it, they aren’t exactly blessed with significant strength in depth.
If it were not for top scorer Harry Kane and, earlier in the season, Christian Eriksen, they would probably be in mid-table. There have been too many times in recent weeks where they have not penetrated sides enough.
Pochettino needs to massively improve his options in the summer in several key areas of the pitch. He has done well bringing youngsters through and will continue to do so with the likes of Delle Alli and Alex Pritchard returning from loans, but he must spend big to compete with the top sides.
According to the Mirror, the Argentine has been given the licence to give the go-ahead to any incoming signing. In the past, chairman Daniel Levy has always had the final say so that is a breakthrough in itself. Pochettino is obviously trusted with money, and rightly so.
It is likely that Tottenham will want another striker, at least two midfielders and defenders whilst they will also be hoping to keep hold of their star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, after the Metro linked the Frenchman to Manchester United as a replacement for David De Gea.
It promises to be a busy summer at White Hart Lane and after a season of bedding into his new role, Pochettino must spend wisely and challenge for the top four next year because if he doesn’t, his job will be on the line.