Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy says the club should not be panicked into buying a forward during the January transfer window, despite Dele Alli joining Harry Kane on the injury list this weekend.
Alli picked up a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fulham and will be assessed over the coming days, and the England midfielder will almost certainly miss Thursday’s crucial Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea.
With Hueng-min Son away on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup and Kane not due back until early March, Spurs are short on attacking options during a crucial phase of their season as they look to maintain their spot in the Premier League‘s top four – with a title challenge more or less over after last week’s loss to Manchester United.
Fernando Llorente started up front against Fulham – and scored an own goal – but the Spaniard has managed only one league goal for Spurs since joining the club in 2017.
However, BBC Match of the Day 2 pundit Murphy said Spurs do not need to look to the transfer market to solve their injury crisis.
“Who are they going to bring in who is better than Son or Kane, who have scored almost half of their league goals?” Murphy asked.
“And, following that, will he be happy sitting on the bench when they return?”
“As Pochettino said himself last week, I am not sure there are too many players out there of the quality Spurs want and need, especially willing to go in as a short-term fix.”
The former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder, who played for Spurs for one season, also cited the spirit within Spurs’ squad and warned that bringing in a new player could upset that.
“I am not suggesting that any new player might destroy that, but it might upset the dynamic of the group,” Murphy added.
“When I look at Spurs’ players, none of them seem to have any kind of negative reaction when they are left out. They seem to understand their manager’s philosophy, and they play for him.
“I just don’t see how bringing in a player as a short-term fix would work out well, and in any case I believe their squad is strong enough to get them through the next few weeks – even if they’re missing Alli as well as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.”
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