A look at potential January plans for Tottenham Hotspur.
It's early days to accurately predict specific players which Tottenham will be targeting (which hasn't stopped the papers trying) - but it is clear to see where the club need to strengthen.
There are two standout positions where Spurs need strengthening - both of which have caused them problems this season.
The fact the club's first choice left-back is Danny Rose who was out on loan last year at Sunderland tells you Spurs are not particularly strong at the position from the off.
Rose however has performed well, but there is no specialist cover for him - and his injuries have shown just light they are.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto was sent out to QPR for the year and nobody brought into replace him, and so Spurs have had to use Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen and youngster Ezekiel Fryers as cover - none of which is ideal.
A new January signing will be essential to sustain Tottenham's Premier League push.
Roberto Soldado has been disappointing so far since signing but he is not the only one. Despite his high price tag the Spaniard at least has an excuse, needing to adjust to Premier League football.
Jermain Defoe has no such reason and while he has five goals in the Europa League, he has none in the Premier League this season. Emmanuel Adebayor meanwhile has shown himself to be a waste of wages, not rated by Andre Villas-Boas. It's hard to count him a serious option going forward.
Tottenham have struggled for goals all season long and if they could move on one or two of Defoe and Adebayor and bring in a top target then expect them to do so in January.
If we were Andre Villas-Boas, we would simply leave it at that. January deals are hard enough to complete and bring in top targets that the areas of real need should be the focus.
Tottenham signed several players in the summer that are still bedding in, and focus should be on helping them settle, get playing well and gelling the team. Adding too many more new faces will only disrupt that.
Asked at a push where to strengthen, a proven winger wouldn't go amiss - to complement the young enthusiasm of Lamela and Townsend, but creating chances isn't necessarily the problem, it's putting them away - and strikers should be of greater priority.
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