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Spurs great Hoddle offers 'fragile Bale' advice; insists Mourinho won't buy in January

Tottenham great Glenn Hoddle insists manager Jose Mourinho doesn't need to act in the January market to sustain their title challenge.

Spurs go to Anfield on Wednesday night top of the Premier League table on goal difference from second-place Liverpool.

And Hoddle is adamant Mourinho's squad has enough room for improvement that he doesn't need to act during the January transfer window to lead the club to a stunning title triumph.

Speaking on his podcast, 'The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show', Hoddle said, "I don't think he'll touch it. I don't think he'll touch it all. If anything there might be players looking to leave and get out the door.

"The future of Dele Alli and Harry Winks comes to mind. Unfortunately two English players who will have an eye on the Euros in the summer. They need to be playing.

"But they'll be needed. In the Europa League, in the Cups. The club will want to go deep in them so they'll be needed."

Hoddle also believes Gareth Bale, on-loan from Real Madrid, still has a lot of room for improvement and is convinced Mourinho will be counting on such potential being realised in the second-half of the season.

The former Spurs manager continued: "I don't see them in a position where they have to go and buy someone.

"The one thing they do have is they will try and get Gareth Bale playing a little more closer to his top form. I still think he's a little fragile, a little on the back foot. He's got to go for it. Go for those tackles. Go for those headers.

"And that may be the new player we're looking for at Tottenham.

"But I think the squad is looking good at the moment."

Hoddle also insists Mourinho will fight to keep hold of both Alli and Winks - even if the pair were to push to leave next month.

He added: "If one of those two were to go, then someone would have to be brought in. But I don't see Jose letting them leave, unless an unbelievable offer was made. He knows it's a long, hard season.

"He wants to win silverware at Tottenham. If it isn't to be the league, he has his eye on the Europa or the League Cup and the FA Cup comes around in January. He needs that squad deep.

"I don't think he'll let any of those players out the door, I really don't."

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