Danny Murphy suggests what needs to stop for Tottenham to break top four

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has suggested that his old club need to protect their best players.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he doesn’t feel the club will ever be able to move forward while they’re selling their best players.

Murphy cited several examples from the past of players who were sold by the club, ultimately going on to become better players at the clubs they linked up with.

Murphy also suggested that he doesn’t think Tottenham will achieve their ultimate goal of a position in the Premier League’s top four, while the squad continues as it is.

“Carrick improved, Modric improved, Bale improved and they all moved on. Until that stops, they’re never going to catch up and they will always be a selling club and unfortunately that’s the way it is. If you look at the squad as it is, I don’t see them getting anywhere near the top four,” he told talkSPORT.

Keeping the club’s best players

Tottenham have done well so far this summer to keep their core players in all areas of the team in place.

Hugo Lloris looks likely to be number one for the season, Jan Vertonghen will lead the defence and the partnership between Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane has a chance to continue developing.

That gives the side a good spine to work with over the course of the year as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to build on progress made last year.

Further additions needed

There is still a need for some reinforcements to come into the squad, with a striker a definite necessity over the coming weeks.

A new forward is vital in terms of taking some of the pressure away from Harry Kane and giving the England man a chance to build on an impressive campaign last time round.

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