Tottenham face the same problem as Arsenal last season by relying too much on their first-choice XI, according to former Spurs midfielder Jamie O’Hara. Ange Postecoglou’s side have had a fine start to the campaign but O’Hara says further recruitment is needed in the January transfer window.
Tottenham are one of just two clubs who remain unbeaten in the Premier League. They will go back top of the table with a victory over Fulham on Monday evening.
The departure of Harry Kane has so far not had a negative impact on results. Summer arrivals of James Maddison and Micky van de Ven have contributed to a fresh atmosphere among the north London club.
Spurs have beaten both Manchester United and Liverpool at home, as well as picking up a well-deserved draw at rivals Arsenal. O’Hara is excited about how his old side are performing.
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But he believes they are an injury or two away from falling by the wayside. Arsenal suffered a dramatic drop in form last season in the absence of William Saliba.
O’Hara hopes Spurs chairman Daniel Levy learns from that and spends wisely in the January window. He told Grosvenor Sport: “I think Tottenham’s situation as a squad has definitely got better this season and they have players that can come on and make a difference, but I still think they need to improve in January.
“If Spurs can stay in touch with Manchester City and Arsenal until January, Daniel Levy may look at the situation and realise that they actually have half a chance of challenging for the title.
“That could make him go out and spend some money on solid reinforcements. Then I think Spurs would have a chance of winning the league.
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“They have a similar situation to Arsenal last season in that if they lose a couple of key players to injury they’ll be in a lot of trouble. If they lose James Maddison to injury, they’re finished.
“Similarly, if they lose Heung-min Son or Cristian Romero, they’re finished. The good thing for Spurs is that they don’t have any European football so there is a good chance that everyone will stay fit.”
O’Hara is expecting Spurs to continue their fine form with an easy win over Fulham. He added: “With the form Spurs are in, Monday night’s game against Fulham will be a walk in the park for them. I think they will breeze through the game.
“I think Spurs will pounce on them and win the game comfortably. I can see Spurs winning 3-1.”
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