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Gabby Agbonlahor: Brennan Johnson shouldn’t be starting for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a blow in the top-four race after they lost 3-0 against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday at Craven Cottage but Gabby Agbonlahor says Spurs should be able to finish in the top five this season. 

In the new format of the Champions League, five teams could participate in the competition from the Premier League, depending on the coefficient ranking. And if that happens, both Aston Villa and Spurs should be able to play in Europe’s premier club competition next season.

Ange Postecoglou has done extremely well in his first season in charge. Should he manage to bring Champions League football back to the club, it would be seen as a successful campaign.

Getting into the top four will guarantee them Champions League football, and that should be the primary aim as they have no other competition to focus on.

At the same time, the Spurs boss needs help in the transfer market next summer. Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT that Tottenham need one top-quality striker next summer, which will allow Son Hueng-Min and Dejan Kulusevski to play on the flanks.

He adds that it would also mean the likes of Brennan Johnson and Timo Werner must only start from the bench in the Premier League.

Brennan Johnson shouldn’t be starting for Tottenham

Agbonlahor said: “There’s a project going on at Spurs. Spurs will make top five this season, could be in the Champions League and then in the summer you need to get some better players in.

“You need a top number nine. Son on the left. Kulusevski on the right. Werner and Johnson coming off the bench. They shouldn’t be starting games for Spurs in the Premier League for me.”

Johnson has managed 15 starts in the Premier League this season, scoring four goals and providing six assists.

The 22-year-old is a versatile attacking midfielder who can play anywhere upfront. He can still improve a lot, his prime years are ahead and could become an important player under Postecoglou in the future.

At the same time, Spurs should be aiming to add more depth and quality to the side which would mean that Johnson may have to wait for his chances next season. He is good enough to start in the Premier League and is certainly a reliable back-up option if one or two players get injured.

Werner has joined on loan in the January window and Spurs have the option to sign him permanently. He has impressed with his stamina and work-rate, but Postecoglou won’t be happy with his conversion rate. Against Fulham, he got into a great scoring position but couldn’t direct the ball into the net.

It is unclear whether Spurs will sign him permanently, and Werner may have to prove himself in the next nine games to secure a permanent move.

In other Tottenham news, Jamie Redknapp has been baffled by one Spurs player after what he did vs Fulham.

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