Monday 11 December 2017

Five things AVB must do at Spurs

1: Sort out Luka Modric's future

Securing Gareth Bale's commitment was a major coup for Spurs, but they have been far less successful in persuading Modric to sign a new deal. The Croatian was not quite at his best last season, but he is still one of the most gifted midfielders in the Premier League. If he wants to go, Spurs should cash in on him. A fee of £30-40m for a man who soon turns 27 would represent good value.

2: Sign at least one striker

Emmanuel Adebayor may be a former Arsenal player, but the Spurs fans took to him last year and it is easy to see why. The striker scored 18 goals in 37 games and he proved to be a perfect partner for Rafael van der Vaart up front. His wages, reported to be around £175,000 a week, have been an obvious stumbling block, but if Tottenham can reach some sort of agreement with the 28-year-old, then they should. If that is not possible then another hitman must be pursued. Hulk would be a perfect fit but he appears to be on his way to Chelsea. Brazil's Leandro Damiao and Marseille's Loic Remy are possible alternatives.

3: Resolve Ledley King's future

King is a hero in the eyes of many Tottenham fans after 14 years of loyal service, but his well-publicised chronic knee problems caught up with him towards the end of last season and Villas-Boas must determine whether it's worth giving the the out-of-contract star a new deal.

4: Clear out the dead wood

Although Villas-Boas will want a big squad, there are plenty of players who could leave. Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar, Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen have already left and they could be joined by Giovani dos Santos, Heurelho Gomes, Sebastien Bassong, David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas.

5: Go on a charm offensive

Villas-Boas had admirable aims at Chelsea, but in the eyes of many he went about achieving them the wrong way. He was arguably too forthright in his bid to clear out the old guard, so ostracised himself from many experienced pros at Stamford Bridge. Harry Redknapp was close to the players and his best skill was motivating them. Villas-Boas must develop a similar relationship.

Irish Independent

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