Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham Hotspur are relying heavily on their scouting system.
As the White Hart Lane club enter the final game of the season on Sunday afternoon, they must beat Sunderland at home and hope Arsenal slip up at Newcastle United to ensure a top-four finish. But even without UEFA Champions League football on the agenda, Villas-Boas will be expecting more progress next term.
The Portuguese coach has already revealed he wants to add to his staff during the summer weeks, with former England assistant Franco Baldini believed to be wanted in the role of technical director. This is a position Villas-Boas is used to working with, and he feels it could be crucial in driving Spurs forward in the future.
As far as player recruitment is concerned, this is obviously the priority ahead of next season. A new striker is likely to be at the head of the wanted list, but Villas-Boas admits his side aren’t yet able to compete with the likes of Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs. And for that reason, the 35-year-old will be relying on his scouting network.
“This summer, we will be adding quality players, I think,” he said. “We can’t compete at the level that others go for in terms of the big names. We are in a different type of market and we have to scout properly to get good names from around the world.”
Leandro Damiao, the Brazil international, has long been linked with a move to Tottenham, although Internacional could hold out for as much as £20million for the striker. Even more expensive could be Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho, of Porto, who Villas-Boas had tried to sign before the start of the current campaign.