Anfield legend John Barnes has suggested what needs to change for Tottenham Hotspur to move forward.
Liverpool legend John Barnes explained on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT why he feels Tottenham Hotspur have been stuck in a phase of transition.
Barnes was being quizzed on the top four and suggested that there needs to be a change in mentality at Tottenham if they are going to attract a higher calibre of player to White Hart Lane.
“You look at Tottenham, they spent over £100 million and didn’t really improve – You have to sign new players and pay them £80-90,000 per week straight away,” he told talkSPORT.
Why didn’t Tottenham improve?
The money generated from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid allowed Spurs to bring in several players and improve several areas of the team.
However, some of the players who arrived following the Welshman’s departure simply haven’t worked out with Paulinho and Etienne Capoue already moved on.
The main reason could be the shrewd business sense of chairman Daniel Levy, who appears unwilling to burden the club with having to pay an overly massive contract for any player.
There are financial regulations to think about but it’s something which does arguably prevent Spurs from going after a higher quality and calibre of player.
Advantages of other teams
Tottenham are also battling against the extra advantages that other teams have in terms of being able to fund themselves in the transfer market.
For example, Manchester United enjoy a global appeal which gives them immense power in terms of the financial network.
United effectively benefit from pots of cash due to various deals, which means they can act how they did last summer and spend £150 million despite not having any European football to boast.
Spurs have a long way to go before they enjoy anything like the same sort of appeal, but they need to find a way of improving and closing the gap on their rivals.