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Transfer Talk: Spurs must learn from mistakes as summer rebuild looms
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Mitchell Fretton
Heung-Min Son has not been at his best for Tottenham this season
Heung-Min Son has not been at his best for Tottenham this season

Tottenham fans were ecstatic when the club announced the arrival of Antonio Conte in November 2021 but fast forward 18 months and they are on the verge of their worst Premier League finish since 2008.

Harry Kane's future is unclear and the North London outfit have burned through their third permanent manager in four years.

With sporting director Fabio Paratici out of the frame, the club are also without a clear head of recruitment as they approach a crucial summer transfer window.

As Ryan Mason's men prepare to take on Leeds, we take a look at what a potential rebuild would look like at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Manager mayhem

Before Spurs can do any business this summer, they must first bring in another manager and reports suggest that chairman Daniel Levy is looking to abandon his strategy of hauling in a head coach with a huge reputation.

Feyenoord's Arne Slot is the current frontrunner for the hot seat and there are rumours that the Dutchman would like to bring captain Orkun Kokcu with him to England.

Spurs are looking light in midfield and after losing Rodrigo Bentancur to an ACL injury, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp failed to step up in his absence.

Slot would likely look to transform the squad's current defensive approach and revert to the 4-2-3-1 formation that was so successful under Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham have struggled at both ends of the field this season
Tottenham have struggled at both ends of the field this season

Kane must remain

While pundits and ex-professionals may feel sorry for Harry Kane, the England skipper is wise enough to make his own decision on his future.

His recent comments are enough to give fans hope that the No10 may remain at his boyhood club.

Speaking on Spurs' season, he said: "I think there's a conversation to be had, in terms of some of the values of the club.

"There is obviously a big summer ahead and there's a lot that needs to change here to start being successful again.

"We've had many conversations before like that on how we can improve, and that will be the case again."

No mercy

Incomings will be a huge measure of any success that is to come Tottenham's way next season, but they must also be ruthless with their outgoings.

Lucas Moura said his farewells after the defeat at Brentford on Saturday and a host of players could also see their time in North London come to an abrupt end.

Talks are ongoing between Hugo Lloris and the Spurs about ending his contract early, while Ryan Sessegnon, Davinson Sanchez and Japhet Tanganga are all reported to be surplus to requirements.

Those on loan at other teams are also likely to face crunch talks with their parent club. The likes of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, Joe Rodon and Giovani Lo Celso have failed to make a huge impact abroad.

Sales must be a priority for Levy, who will be desperate to restructure the current crop and repair an image that is taking significant damage as a result of poor performances on the pitch.

Splash the cash

Summer signing Richarlison is taking a while to settle at Tottenham
Summer signing Richarlison is taking a while to settle at Tottenham

Once the mess within Hotspur Way is sorted, Spurs can begin to recruit players that will take them forward.

A new goalkeeper will definitely be needed to replace Lloris and Brentford's David Raya may be the man to command a more resolute defence next term.

James Maddison is another name to be linked with a switch to the capital but they will likely face competition from other Premier League clubs.

Almost every area of Tottenham's squad will need improvement if they are to compete at the top of the table any time soon and end their 15-year trophy drought.


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