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Should Tottenham stick or twist in the Summer transfer market?

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Looking forward into Tottenham’s future, I am first going to assume that Harry Redknapp will guide Tottenham into a Champions League qualifying place this season. Then what?

Will he then turn his back on day to day management and take over as England manager? Personally I think it is a poisoned chalice at the moment. With the next two World Cups being held in Brazil and Qatar, England are unlikely to do well in either. That’s just realism. And wouldn’t Redknapp relish another crack at Champions League football?

So let’s assume Redknapp stays, where should he focus his attention when it comes to improving his squad. Well strangely that is beyond Harry’s control. I think the White Hart Lane heirachy should first adjust the wage budgets to allow Redknapp the scope to keep players like Adebayor, Bale, Modric and van der Vaart.

They have enough in the goalkeeping departments although neither of their keepers are spring chickens. There’s every chance that Gomes will be offloaded somewhere. A young understudy is something they will need eventually, but with Freidel between the sticks this isn’t a major priority.

Defence is an area that needs an addition or two. The acquisition of another centre back as well as a two-footed full-back capable of playing on either side, would compliment the players already at the club. Vedran Corluka is another who could be on his way out alongside Sebastien Bassong.

In midfield Tottenham don’t really need any reinforcements. The question is: who is on their way out? Sandro, David Bentley, Steven Pienaar and Jermaine Jenas could all be surplus to requirements as Tottenham look to adjust their wage budget to keep a Champions League squad intact.

Up front I like Adebayor and Louis Saha, who I’d like to see stay at Spurs past the end of this season. While I think the decision on Defoe staying will be entirely down to him. I expect Giovani Dos Santos to leave though.

What are your thoughts? Do you think Tottenham need to make signings this summer or should the main concern be getting rid of deadwood?

Written by Wesley Hillier @armchairstato.blogspot.com.

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