Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho blasted for ‘naive’ transfer mistake by Spurs hero Ferdinand

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho should have signed another striker in the January transfer window, according to former Spurs forward Les Ferdinand. The club have been caught short with no fit first-team strikers, after injuries to both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Spurs were forced to use Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn as makeshift centre-forwards in last weekend’s match against Chelsea.

Mourinho’s side rarely threatened Chelsea’s goal, and were gifted a late consolation in the 2-1 defeat, courtesy of an Antonio Rudiger own goal.

Following the 1-0 home loss to RB Leipzig in the Champions League last week, Mourinho claimed that he was proud of his players, given their circumstances.

But, Ferdinand has claimed that the club should have expected this eventuality.

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“I think they tried [to sign someone], and who they tried to get they weren’t able to,” Ferdinand told the Evening Standard.

“There’s not a great deal out there that you’re going to bring in to make you much better.

“But people probably look at that and say ‘Why didn’t you go and buy one?’.

“Yes, Son was on fire at the time, so perhaps they were thinking that it wasn’t too much of a problem.

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“But unfortunately he’s got injured and now it seems a little naive.”

Son was ruled out for “a number of weeks” by the club earlier this month, following an injury against Aston Villa.

The South Korea international fractured his arm in the 3-2 win at Villa Park, but Mourinho doesn’t expect the forward to return this season.

Mourinho said at the time: “The situation couldn’t be worse. That is obvious.


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“There is nothing we can do. We are going to play with the players we have available.”

Son was already being used as a temporary striker, after Kane was ruled out last month.

Tottenham’s star man tore a hamstring in a Premier League clash against Southampton, on New Year’s Day.

It’s believed that Kane could be back in action at the start of April.


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Tottenham were interested in signing a new striker last month, to cater for Kane’s absence.

They were linked with moves for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, as well as Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud.

But, a move failed to materialise for a recognised centre-forward.

Tottenham did, however, manage to sign PSV Eindhoven forward Bergwijn, who plays as an attacking winger.

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