It promises to be an important summer for Tottenham Hotspur, with the club’s fans urging the hierarchy to sign quality recruits and improve Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Spurs exceeded expectations in 2018-19, reaching the Champions League final and securing another top-four Premier League finish, despite a lack of investment in the team.
However, there are a couple of areas that Tottenham must bolster if the North London side are to be one of the main challengers for major silverware in the upcoming campaign.
The signing of Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon gives Spurs a ready-made replacement for Mousa Dembele and adds quality to a position that the club looked light in at times last term.
Fernando Llorente’s exit means a replacement striker will surely be something in Pochettino’s gaze and Kieran Trippier’s sale leaves the Tottenham squad one specialist right-back short.
Another position where it remains to be seen what will happen is left-back.
While Ben Davies has penned a new five-year contract with Tottenham, Danny Rose’s future looks unclear after he was omitted from the squad travelling to Asia for pre-season.
The recruitment of an international-calibre player at left-back to contest the first-team role with the Welshman seems appropriate – with Glasgow Celtic’s Kieran Tierney an excellent option.
The Scotland international has been the subject of a high-profile pursuit by Tottenham’s local rivals Arsenal in the last month, but a deal appears to be some way off.
However, while the Gunners negotiate a fee for Tierney, Spurs could land a top-class player by coughing up the required fee to bring him to the English capital.
Tottenham would offer the Celtic man Champions League football, something Arsenal cannot, while Pochettino has a stellar record of working with, and improving, promising young players.
The Lilywhites need strength in depth at the back to be one of the frontrunners for honours in 2019-20 – and Tierney would be key to this.
Spurs only need to look at the success fellow Scotsman Andrew Robertson has had at Liverpool, with Tierney in the same quality bracket as his compatriot.
The Celtic defender is tenacious in the tackle, reads the game well, is comfortable on the ball and always looks to get forward from left-back.
With Tierney also possessing the ability and experience of playing at centre-half for both club and country, this versatility will surely also appeal to Tottenham manager Pochettino.
Should Spurs receive a significant fee for Rose, investing it in rising star Tierney, beating Arsenal to his signature in the process, could well be a very astute move.