Tottenham must spend £100m and this is the first thing they should do - O'Hara

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 6:20pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

Tottenham must prioritise signing a world-class midfielder this summer, according to ex-Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara.

Mauricio Pochettino's men kept their dream of silverware this season alive with a thrilling away-goals victory over Manchester City last night.

Spurs have not been in the last-four of Europe's top club competition in more than 50 years and will face Ajax over two legs for a place in the final.

But O'Hara reckons they must not rest on their laurels this summer and should give Pochettino a £100m war-chest with which to recruit two first-team players rather than anyone to add strength in depth.

"[Crystal Palace forward Wilfried] Zaha is a fantastic player and a great prospect but I think Tottenham need to be looking at someone now who is going to change that team and add to that team," O'Hara told Up Front with James Gray (weekdays 1pm-3.30pm).

"Does Zaha start in front of Moura or Eriksen or Son? I don't think so.

"I think they need to really strengthen in midfield. I'd like to see them sign a world-class midfielder. That's the first thing Tottenham need to do.

"They need a couple but I'd like to see them go for someone special just to say 'we've arrived now, we've got our stadium, this is what we're thinking and this is where we're going'.

"They don't need to sign bit-part players."

Pochettino has not signed a player since Lucas Moura arrived in January 2018 but is expected to have the purse-strings loosened over the summer now that the club have moved into their £1billion stadium.

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And O'Hara is optimistic that if the right business is done, Tottenham can start competing for trophies on multiple fronts.

"Why not? They've beaten probably the top team in the country," O'Hara added.

"I know Liverpool have been up there this season but I still believe Man City are the team to beat. 

"Tottenham played fantastic in a two-legged game [against them] and why shouldn't Spurs believe they are part of that group?

"Eriksen, Son, Dele Alli and Lucas Moura have all stepped up when Harry Kane is injured. They've got players now who are willing to step up to the plate and do it on the big stage.

"They've dropped away in the Premier League which is frustrating but if they sign a couple of players in the summer, they'll be in the new stadium and if they can turn that into a fortress, I really believe Tottenham could have a season to remember next year."

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