Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is going to have some very difficult decisions to make looking ahead to next season.
Spurs have obviously been off the pace in the Premier League this year, as they search for that Champions League spot and the manager will soon have to make a big decision over how he approaches the summer transfer window.
One of the key themes running through the current side is the way younger players have progressed and developed under Pochettino’s guidance to give Tottenham a good spine of home grown talent.
There are younger players who could feature next season and have a similar impact to the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb to name just three, but it would take a great deal of guts from Pochettino to start them rather than investing in foreign stars from different leagues.
The line-up Spurs could take into next season might look something like; Lloris, Walker/Yedlin, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Mason, Eriksen, Pritchard, Townsend, Kane.
Pochettino already has the makings of a very good side but for someone like DeAndre Yedlin or Alex Pritchard to feature on the right, the manager would have to avoid investing in a high profile and potentially expensive winger or drop an experienced star.
Dele Alli is another example of a talented young midfielder who can play through the middle of the team, challenging the more experienced options that the club already have.
The challenge the manager has is tweaking things and making signings which don’t affect the good things which have already developed in the squad, while offering the youngsters above a real prospect of first team football.
A striker will have to come in to support Harry Kane, while the club have also been linked with a move for Saints star Morgan Schneiderlin, as reported by the Daily Star.
It’s a case of going all out to bring in players like the Frenchman, who will affect the development of youngsters who have done everything asked of them away from the club this year, or showing that faith, taking a gamble and trying to set Tottenham side from everyone else when it comes to building a team.