Opinion: Opportunity arises for Tottenham to make statement of intent

Tottenham Hotspur return from the coronavirus break to conclude the Premier League season when they entertain Manchester United on Friday night, but when the campaign is over a debrief of a poor campaign will take place.

Spurs have endured a horrendous second part of the ongoing term, and one of the reasons for that is a lack of depth in key positions.

Tottenham have been criminally light in attacking areas for quite some time, as seen before the lockdown when the absence of Harry Kane was clear for all to see, and Jose Mourinho will surely make sure that is rectified during what could be a busy summer of transfer action in the heart of North London.

Another area of the pitch where Spurs could use some experience and some nous is at the heart of their defence, with rumours over a departure of Toby Alderweireld seldom going away, while both he and Jan Vertonghen have struggled at times this season.

With those issues in mind, Tottenham boss Mourinho could do a lot worse than feast on the news coming out of Paris this week that Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani will leave Paris Saint Germain when their contracts expire at the end of the month.

Admittedly a 35-year-old and 33-year-old are not signings for the future, however the Portuguese boss rarely plans too far ahead, but in the here and now both men could have a major impact for Spurs should they be brought to London.

The mission for Mourinho is to convert Tottenham into a side who wins trophies and are regularly competing at the top table with the elite of Europe, and the best way of delivering that is to bring winners into the club. The two South American stars have huge form in that regard.

Both men have been regulars at Champions League and international levels and still possess enough class to offer plenty on the pitch. If Spurs could lure them to the Lane, it would announce them as serious competitors once again.