Opinion: Tottenham have missed out on ideal Eriksen replacement, Levy delay costly

Tottenham Hotspur were reliant on playmaker Christian Eriksen for creativity over the Mauricio Pochettino era, before the Dane joined Inter Milan in January.

While Gio Lo Celso has been a reassuring presence in the Spurs midfield since finding fitness and form, there is still a lingering feeling that Jose Mourinho’s men could use more guile in the final third.

As such, with the summer transfer window upon us, many Tottenham fans will hope that a creative attacker is added to the club’s ranks before next season.

However, watching the final weeks of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign, it is hard not to regret Spurs missing out on Bruno Fernandes.

Tottenham were repeatedly linked with the Portuguese midfielder, but in the end the former Sporting Lisbon man moved to Manchester United for a sizeable fee.

That money spent is already being repaid, with Fernandes playing a critical role in driving United up the table and into the Champions League qualification places.

Tottenham have missed out on a talented player that can both create and score goals, while the Portuguese has shown that he has the required work-rate and tenacity to be a success in England.

While it is not overly productive to say ‘what if’, the prospect of Fernandes in the Tottenham attack alongside Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, with Lo Celso operating from deeper, would have been a mouth-watering prospect.

Moving forward, Spurs need to be more decisive in the transfer market and Daniel Levy needs to go out and get Mourinho the players he needs.

Missing out on top-quality players will be the difference between 2020-21 being a success or failure and investment in the Tottenham squad is needed in the next few weeks.