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Tottenham need to sign a “controlling” midfield player, according to Jurgen Klinsmann. Spurs legend Klinsmann is among the early contenders to replace Jose Mourinho following his sacking on Monday.

Tottenham are seventh in the Premier League table and crashed out of the Europa League in dramatic fashion against Dinamo Zagreb last month.

They do have the chance to end a 13-year wait for silverware in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the favourite to become the next Spurs manager, but Klinsmann’s name has also been thrown into the mix.

Last week, Klinsmann gave his opinion on Spurs following their 3-1 home loss to Manchester United.

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The German praised the performance of United midfielder Paul Pogba, who he claims is the type of player Tottenham are crying out for.

“If you look at a game like today, where Paul Pogba suddenly raises the bar,” Klinsmann told ESPN FC.

“He brings everybody to another level and his team-mates then perform accordingly.

“Spurs doesn’t have a player like him, Spurs doesn’t have a player in the middle of the park and really controlling the game.

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“You could really see today in the second half.”

Klinsmann also gave his opinion on Spurs’ season as a whole.

He claims there is a lack of personality and leadership amongst the squad, which is proven by the statistic they have given away more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this term.

“That’s a question of personality,” he added.

“When you are leading a game and you have to control it, dictate it, then you need leadership, you need this type of personality on the field from a couple of guys to make sure ‘we’ve put so much effort in to get the lead, score the first goal, now let’s not lose it now’.

“That’s what has happened too many times throughout the last couple of months.

“They had the lead and at the end of the day they were missing the points.

“It’s something that is part of the dressing room, it’s part of the personality of the players, there are obviously great players in the squad, there is no doubt about it. But there is a little piece missing.”

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