Tottenham have backed Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Man United outcast Harry Maguire to revive the top four prospects under Antonio Conte
Jamie O’Hara has backed Tottenham to move for England duo Jordan Pickford and Harry Maguire to bolster their top four prospects under Antonio Conte.
After the New Year’s Day defeat at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League, the north London club have won just four times in all competitions since October 19.
Villa’s first goal in their 2-0 win came from an error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who is in his 11th season at the club.
The Frenchman is now 36 and after Graeme Souness said the World Cup winner was ‘past his best-before date’, O’Hara believes the Everton and England goalkeeper Pickford should be targeted for replace it.
Speaking on talkSPORT Sports Breakfast, the former Spurs midfielder said: “We need a replacement for Lloris.
“He has been a great servant to the football club, but he makes too many mistakes. I think eventually we will have to replace him.
“Jordan Pickford, absolutely. Give me Pickford now.
Spurs have conceded seven goals in their last three Premier League games, with defensive weaknesses evident.
Manchester United’s Maguire was chosen as a potential backline signing by O’Hara, who added: “Harry Maguire is better than what we have.
“He’s not playing at Manchester United. If a left-back is playing in midfield and you’re not playing, then Maguire has to consider saying ‘I want out’.
“[Lisandro] Martinez will be returning from the World Cup with Argentina, so Harry Maguire is going even further up the pecking order.
“Maguire has to look to get out of there. I would have him at Tottenham, absolutely, definitely.
A trip to Crystal Palace is ahead for Spurs, who could slowly find themselves slipping away from the top four if their form doesn’t improve.
Conte suggested his team weren’t strong enough to fight on multiple fronts and would clearly welcome newcomers.
Speaking after the loss to Villa, the Spurs boss said: “Last season we performed a miracle, I keep repeating that.
“Why did it happen? Because we only played one competition, we played with 12 to 13 players and they had no injuries in the last 15 games and we played with the best players in every game because, I repeat, we only played the league.
“The situation is clear and I think you can see our situation from the start of the season.
“We had Bryan Gil, who played a good game but he’s a young player and you have to give young players time to get stronger physically. I’m happy with what I saw of him in the game.
“Then there’s (Harry) Kane, Son, Richarlison and Kulusevski. When it happened that two of them (are injured), and this season it’s happened several times with Richarlison and Kulusevski, you get in trouble. .
“Also Sonny has to keep improving and it becomes difficult this situation because if you ask me about the centre-backs, they played a good game, both midfielders played a good game, the wingers played a good game and then we struggled a bit up front because we found a team that was defending very deep.
“If you have a solution on the bench to change the game, it’s easier because you change the cards during the game.”