Tony Cascarino has argued that Tottenham Hotspur can be considered genuine title contenders if they replace Richarlison with a top-class number nine during the January transfer window.
To many people’s surprise, Spurs are sitting at the top of the Premier League table after eight games. They certainly deserve to be where they are, having delivered impressive displays so far this season.
Unlike his predecessor Antonio Conte, Postecoglou has not played down talks of a title challenge, remarking that the Tottenham supporters have every right to get carried away and dream big (Optus Sport).
However, pundits have largely written off the Lilywhites as potential title contenders, with the likes of Gary Neville (on his podcast on Sky Sports) and Robbie Savage (TEAMtalk) suggesting recently that Postecoglou’s men will be found out later in the season, due to their lack of squad depth
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Cascarino believes that Spurs can challenge the likes of City this season but only if they bring in a prolific goalscorer in January.
When asked if Tottenham can mount a serious title challenge, he told talkSPORT: “I think they would be if they can hang in there until Christmas and then make a signing that adds even more to their forward line, that is more natural, I think that’s inevitable.
“Unless Richarlison finds an absolute period to his game where he improves to a much different level, he’s the one that’s vulnerable at the moment in that forward line where you’re thinking there has to be more from him.”
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I do not think signing a number nine would be Postecoglou’s top priority, with the Australian having enough options in Son, Richarlison and Veliz.
A top-quality centre-back is a much more urgent need as we are potentially one injury to Romero or Van de Ven away from a disaster.