Football pundit Jamie Carragher has said that Tottenham Hotspur need to sign at least four or five players if they want to get to the level that Jose Mourinho aspires to.
Spurs find themselves nine points adrift of the top four currently and have work to do in order to challenge for Champions League qualification.
“There will have to be major changes in the summer for Tottenham,” said Carragher in the Sky Sports studio.
“Pochettino was one or two players away, I think, from winning the league.
“I think Jose Mourinho’s team he has got now, if he is looking to play the way he wants to play, which is not the way these players are used to playing, needs four or five players just to get back to where Pochettino was, never mind actually getting to where Tottenham want to get.”
Tottenham are clearly a shadow of the team that they were during the past five years under Mauricio Pochettino.
The North Londoners face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League and whilst they fought hard against Liverpool last weekend before losing, there is undeniably a gulf in class between the Lilywhites and Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Tottenham currently find themselves 31 points adrift of the Merseysiders, while Mourinho’s men have looked very shaky in defence this term.
They are currently on a concerning run of form after having failed to win during their previous four games in all competitions, before Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough.
One however cannot blame Mourinho for the club’s current situation.
After taking charge of the club in November, he inherited a side which was clearly lacking in terms of confidence.
Mourinho’s mandate for this season should not be to carry the club to trophies but rather to get the team’s confidence up again as well as to potentially lead Tottenham to yet another top four finish.