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Spurs’ season could hinge on January moves for injured duo

| 14.11.2014

When managers face problems at a new club it is only natural that they seek to surround themselves will familiar faces as they try to turn things around.

Tottenham Hotspur fans know this as well as anyone, with Harry Redknapp famous for his attempts to sign his former charges whenever he was given a chance.

After his tricky start to life at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is apparently seeking to follow Redknapp’s lead and sign a couple of his favourites from Espanyol and Southampton.

The Lilywhites seemed to have missed the boat on Morgan Schneiderlin, but his Saints teammate Jay Rodriguez could still be within their range, while Mexico international Hector Moreno is also reportedly a January target.

It might seem far from wise for Spurs to place their hopes in two men who haven’t played a single minute of football this season, but assuming they recover from their injuries, Rodriguez and Moreno are exactly what Pochettino needs.

The Argentine has been forced to abandon his pressing style due to a lack of suitable players at White Hart Lane, and this will no doubt encourage a move for the England international.

Rodriguez was an excellent exponent of this high press, making 39 tackles for Southampton last season – the fourth-most by any forward in the Premier League.

His eye for goal would be very welcome at Spurs as well, with the 15 goals he bagged in 33 league games last term more than any Lilywhites player managed in all competitions.

Meanwhile Moreno, who starred for Mexico at the World Cup especially in the 0-0 draw with Brazil, could shore up their fragile defence.

Younes Kaboul remains a mistake waiting to happen, Jan Vertonghen is seemingly desperate to leave Spurs while Federico Fazio has picked up as many red cards as he has Premier League appearances this season.

The less said about Vlad Chiriches the better.

Moreno is a fine all-round defender, capable of holding his own against any forward while also being comfortable on the ball.

If both players are fit and available this January, Spurs should do all they can to give their manager the tools he needs to be a success in north London.

After winning just four of their first 11 league games, Pochettino’s side are 9/1 to claim a top-four place this term.

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Alex Fortune