Opinion: Tottenham need a striker – but Everton loss shows another area of weakness

The need for new players at Tottenham Hotspur has been evident for the last 18 months, with the current side looking laboured and short of ideas in the 1-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday. 

While Spurs boss Jose Mourinho continues to bang the drum in relation to the need for a new centre forward to arrive before October 5, the loss on the Premier League opening weekend also clarified a weak link in the Lilywhites starting XI. 

Although Tottenham have signed Matt Doherty as an upgrade to Serge Aurier, which he will be once fit and up to speed, on the other side of the pitch Ben Davies does not look like a player that belongs in a Premier League top six team every week. 

Although a solid defender and a committed Spurs man, comparing the Wales international to the left-backs at the other leading English sides doesn’t reflect well on the North London club. 

Davies was arguably Tottenham’s worst performer against Everton, with his distribution and positioning very suspect. 

The Welshman looked like the weak link defensively, while offering very little on the front foot. 

With Jan Vertonghen having left the club, Danny Rose seemingly on his way to pastures new and a lack of other options, Tottenham should look to sign a new left-back before the window closes. 

Everton’s full-backs, especially Lucas Digne, showed Spurs what they have been missing in the wide roles for the last few seasons – an upgrade on Davies is desperately needed.