Danny Murphy: Tottenham can benefit from smaller but higher quality squad

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy is confident that his old side can do well this season.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he feels his old side may benefit from having a smaller, but higher quality squad heading into the new season.

Murphy is predicting some fresh signings at White Hart Lane before the end of the transfer window, but has implied that the decision of the club to sell several squad members already this summer is something, which will ultimately benefit the team.

“I think Tottenham will benefit from having a smaller squad with perhaps a little bit more quality. I still expect them to do more business and I’d be very surprised if they didn’t,” he told talkSPORT.

Is a smaller squad a risk for Tottenham?

The issue that Mauricio Pochettino has to battle with in terms of a smaller squad is the high volume of games that Tottenham have to deal with every season.

The Premier League, the domestic cup competitions and the Europa League create different types of pressure and demands, which make it difficult for the manager to keep his key players fit and fresh throughout the season.

The obvious benefit of a smaller squad is the heightened sense of team spirit and the manager can draw on a youth system, which has proven to be more than effective over the last few seasons.

Where do Tottenham still need new players?

The goalkeeper position and the defence are solid, as are the central midfield options but it’s arguable that the club needs to add another striker to their ranks as well as someone who can come in and play a wider role.

A striker is vital to take some of the pressure away from Harry Kane and a wide man will help to create more natural width.

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