Are Tottenham's summer plans already falling into place?

Tottenham Hotspur's needs for the summer appear to be already well defined.

Tottenham Hotspur are in a remarkable position where their summer transfer window already appears to be clearly mapped out, even though it is over three months away from opening.

While many other sides across the country may have not even begun to formulate their summer plans, the needs of Spurs are easy to identify.

Mauricio Pochettino has clearly identified the players that he wants to keep and the players that will be put up for sale, with a mini-overhaul looking likely.

Although Tottenham have performed well this season, there are still deficiencies in their squad and they will be addressed over the summer.

The likes of Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor are all up for grabs, according to a report in the Daily Mirror, while there are a collection of youngsters set to be brought into the first-team.

Alex Pritchard, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah will all be hoping to receive some senior action next season, with the Telegraph suggesting that they are some of the players that Pochettino has lined up for first-team roles.

The reported sales, if they occur, will clear a path for them, and it would be further confirmation of his faith in youth.

With Paul Mitchell's recent arrival as head of recruitment, they are also showing excellent foresight in terms of transfers - with the type of player they want to add to the squad seemingly evident.

Spurs appear to be on the hunt for a centre-back, a central-midfielder, a winger and a striker in the summer and they will hope these additions can push them on to the next level.

Tottenham are currently challenging for a top-four spot and appear very close to breaking back into the Champions League, with just a few quality additions needed to confirm their place.

That they seem to have already identified what is required this summer should stand them in good stead to do this, and offers further evidence of Pochettino's long-term vision and planning which makes him such a talented manager.

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