After a promising start, will it be another summer of compromise for Tottenham?

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Spurs' defensive issues have been addressed but there remains plenty to do further up the pitch.

The Tottenham Hotspur defence was in dire need of a revamp following last season's display, and Mauricio Pochettino has gone about the rebuild efficiently this summer.

Proven Premier League-quality has been brought in, via Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier, while promising Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer has bolstered the ranks.

The back-line now looks to be in good shape but it’s further up the pitch where worry might begin to creep in for Spurs fans.

Last summer saw the arrivals of Benjamin Stambouli and Federico Fazio after Spurs failed to sign their original targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Mateo Musacchio - with the pair heavily linked by the likes of the Telegraph.

Both Spurs players have been linked with an exit after just a year at White Hart Lane and it highlights the dangers of settling for Plan B.

The resurfacing of Victor Moses links, as reported in the Mirror, reek of Plan B after failure to capture real top quality talent - with the likes of Anthony Martial, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Yannick Carrasco signing new deals or moving elsewhere.

It has since been reported, by Sky Sports, that Moses may have a future at Chelsea, so a move to Spurs now looks unlikely but players of Moses’ calibre are not the type to take Pochettino’s team to the next level.

Financial constraints, of course, play a part in what Spurs can do in the transfer market but with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool strengthening considerably, a top-four finish begins to look like an increasingly distant prospect.

A large financial outlay is no guarantee of success - as Spurs know only too well following the Gareth Bale money blitz - but efficient business is critical.

Spurs haven't broken the bank in fixing their defensive issues, with the three signings totalling less than £20 million, and value is out there if the club can act decisively.

With just over three weeks until the new Premier League season kicks off, Spurs are yet to make an attacking addition and are facing starting the campaign with just one competent, trusted striker on their books.

Spurs fans will be hoping for top drawer talent sooner rather than later but as the weeks draw on and the transfer window threatens to slam shut, Plan B options begin to look more attractive... step forward Victor Moses.

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