With one of the youngest squads in the Premier League, Tottenham lack the experience of their rivals and Gallas, who spent three years at the club, has argued that this will hold them back on Europe’s main stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished second in the Premier League last season, earning wide praise for their performances and consistency, but struggled to recreate their domestic form in the Champions League.
Tottenham were knocked out of the competition in the group stages, managing just two victories from six games, and fared no better in the Europa League where they were eliminated by Belgium’s Gent.
And Gallas has said that despite the progress enjoyed by the club across the past two years, Spurs will continue to struggle in Europe next season.
“It was a big shame what happened to them last season but this Tottenham squad is a little too young for the Champions League,” he said.
“Against Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen in the group games, it showed that they needed more experience.
Tottenham summer transfer targets
Tottenham summer transfer targets
1/10 Joshua King, Bournemouth
Norwegian striker Josh King has had a fine season, scoring 16 goals for a Bournemouth side which hovered precariously above the relegation zone for parts of the season. He played a key role in keeping the Cherries up and, given his performances, has caught the interest of Tottenham. The player admitted in an interview earlier in the season that he is pleased that Spurs have recognised his talents - comments which have added fuel to the fire over a potential £15m move. Pochettino is eager to solve the goalscoring issue his team faces when Harry Kane is injured or rested and King, who also qualifies as home-grown, could be the ideal solution.
2/10 Naby Keita, RB Leipzig
Leipzig’s early title charge curtailed towards the end of their season but the club still managed to exceed expectations, finishing in second behind champions Bayern Munich. Keita has been a big part of their success, with the dynamic midfielder catching the eye with his all-round ability, contributing both defensively and going forward with a record of eight goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga. The 22-year-old has a contract running until 2020 and will be in demand if available, with a touted price tag of around £25m. This transfer could hinge on the future of Eric Dier at the club.
3/10 Michael Keane, Burnley
Burnley’s standout centre back, 24, joined the club just two years ago from Manchester United. It has quickly become clear that it is the sides competing in and around the top of the table are where he truly belongs. His performances have earned him two caps in Southgate’s England team this year, including against Germany where he looked comfortable playing on the right of a back three. Other interested sides include Liverpool and Everton, and Burnley hope to hold out for close to £30m, so his acquisition would not be straight forward.
4/10 Max Meyer, Schalke
Schalke set the midfielder’s price-tag last summer at £45m for interested teams, but having remained at the club, Meyer has stalled over signing a new contract. With his current deal expiring next summer there is a realistic chance he will look to move on, and for a significantly lower fee than originally stated, at around £20m. Tottenham are among those monitoring his situation and could look to bring him in to increase squad depth ahead of another packed season.
5/10 Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough
A similar case to Michael Keane, the 24-year-old centre back is highly rated and won his first England call-up against Lithuania this year. Chelsea, who view him as an ideal replacement for the departing John Terry, seem to be in the driving seat. With Kevin Wimmer looking likely to leave, Tottenham will be in the market for a centre-back and hold interest in Gibson, though Chelsea’s eagerness to secure his signature may complicate things.
6/10 Ross Barkley, Everton
The Everton midfielder has obvious talent but has failed to perform consistently at his club. It is thought a change of scenery to invigorate his career is something the player would consider, and Tottenham are keen to snap him up if the chance arises. Barkley’s contract expires next summer and it is believed that Ronald Koeman will look to cash in on the playmaker to avoid losing him for free next season. That is no surprise, especially as he could cost interested clubs £30m.
7/10 Demarai Gray, Leicester City
Pochettino’s preference to buy players who already possess Premier League experience could see the Leicester winger, 20, become the subject of Tottenham interest this summer. Gray made 72 appearances for Birmingham City, where he came through the ranks, before joining Leicester in 2016 and gained 12 league caps to help the club win the Premier League title. With bags of pace and potential, he has also represented England from U18 to U21 level and is tipped for future success. A fee of £12m could be enough to prise the youngster away from Leicester this summer.
8/10 Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham
The young left-back has now turned 17 and, as a result, is legally allowed to sign his first professional contract. A host of top clubs have scouted the player, who impressed at Craven Cottage in Fulham’s televised FA Cup tie against Tottenham back in February, but the West Londoners are keen to keep hold of him by guaranteeing him first team football. Tottenham have been strongly linked to the youngster in recent days, though, and Fulham can expect a fight to hold onto the defender.
9/10 Douglas Costa, Bayern Munich
Spurs will be looking for the final piece in their attacking jigsaw this summer and if Douglas Costa does become available, the club will be interested. Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli all enjoyed impressive seasons and it is thought that Pochettino will look to bring in one further star attacker if possible. The Bayern Munich wide-man fuelled speculation of a summer move by declaring that he’s ‘not always that happy’ in Germany earlier in the season. He could end up in the Premier League for a fee of around £25 million.
10/10 Wilfried Zaha, Crystal Palace
The winger recently signed a new five-year contract at Selhurst Park in a move that will surely repel any interested clubs. Nonetheless, football works in mysterious ways and having already made a move for the winger last season, there’s no reason Spurs won’t come knocking a second time. Having said that, Tottenham would need to be serious in what they offer, as opposed to last summer’s £12m bid, if they’re to stand any chance of bringing Palace to the trading table.
“The Champions League is different to the Premier League. You need experience, you need to be more clever and stay focused.
“If you compare our squad back then with now, we had many older and more experienced players."
Tottenham also have the added consideration of playing at Wembley for the entirety of next season.
The side managed just one win from five attempts at the national stadium and questions have been raised if Pochettino’s men can adapt to their temporary home for the 2017/18 campaign.
“Hopefully, they will have learned from last season’s experience - and be better for it,” Gallas added.Reuse content