Tottenham chief Daniel Levy must back Jose Mourinho with new signing or face Man Utd issue

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy must sign a new striker before the end of the transfer window or face months of misery from Jose Mourinho. Tottenham need an able forward to support Harry Kane – something they haven’t had since Fernando Llorente left the club 15 months ago. Mourinho has made it clear he wants to add depth up front and Levy must now back his manager or risk a similar reaction to what happened in the Portuguese’s final season at Manchester United.

Mourinho handed United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a list of targets he wanted to sign in the summer of 2018.

One of those targets was centre-back Harry Maguire – who ended up joining the Red Devils a year later for £80million after Mourinho’s departure.

But to Mourinho’s frustration, United ended the window having only signed Brazil midfielder Fred, young full-back Diogo Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Barely a press conference or interview went by where Mourinho did not mention, or sometimes just hint, at the club’s lack of business in the summer window.

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After four months United had enough and Mourinho was sacked in December 2018 following a 3-1 loss at rivals Liverpool.

Tottenham have to make sure history does not repeat itself this season.

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Spurs have been busy this summer, bringing in three players including the return on loan of Gareth Bale.

But reports claim the signing of Bale and left-back Sergio Reguilon were spearheaded by Levy and not Mourinho.

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Levy must now use the final few days of the window to keep his manager happy.

Mourinho is right to be unhappy at Tottenham’s fixture congestion but this season is like no other due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He rightly rotated his side for the Carabao Cup clash against London rivals Chelsea on Tuesday and failed to name a recognised striker in his starting XI, with Thursday’s Europa League play-off against Maccabi Haifa deemed more important for the club.

Kane’s recent injury record means he should not have even been on the bench at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but Mourinho had little choice but to have the England captain as part of his squad.

Wingers Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela were given unfamiliar roles up front with Mourinho revealing his frustration to Sky Sports before the game, while admitting he hopes a new signing will be made before the end of the window.

He said: “Nobody [will play as No 9]. We don’t have a nine, today we don’t have a nine.

“Sonny [Heung-min Son] is injured, Harry has a big game to play on Thursday, we have to protect him. In this moment we don’t have.

“The club is making an effort to try to give us, which I believe until the last day we are going to make it happen, but we are a different club to others, we have to do it in different ways and that’s what we are trying to do as a club. But today we don’t have that No 9.”

Spurs have been linked with a host of strikers, including Bournemouth’s Joshua King.

But one thing is for sure, Levy must sign somebody to prevent Mourinho having an excuse ready for every poor Spurs performance.

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