Tottenham Hotspur were absolutely poor this summer. No player was signed by the London club and now, manager Pochettino has spoken about the reason for the same.
Tottenham Hotspur endured a barren transfer spell this summer. The Lilywhites were nowhere to be seen and were not even linked with a number of players. Spurs became the first ever side to not sign a player since the Premier League’s summer transfer window was introduced in 2003. The Tottenham Hotspur boss has now spoken about the lack of signings that he made this summer and also stated that the Brexit and construction of Spurs’ new stadium were the two main reasons for not signing players.
“What the club is doing is showing it is so brave,” he offered. “Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the (player’s) lodge was a massive investment. Building a stadium that is nearly £1bn. That is true, don’t believe in £400m, that is the truth. Then with Brexit, it’s worse because the cost is 30 per cent more. That is a drama, I feel sorry for the English people. For me [that] is to be brave. Of course, maybe in the mind of everyone, they will say, ‘Oh Tottenham didn’t sign’, but to sign for the sake of signing?
You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players. That maybe looks bad because of the perception and because of the history of football, but that is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It’s a brave decision.”
Spurs were heavily linked with only Jack Grealish of Aston Villa. However, the second division club was adamant about not letting the midfielder depart at any cost, eventually clinging onto him. Spurs finished 23 points behind Manchester City at third place. Manchester City signed Riyad Mahrez for a 60 million pound fee. Meanwhile, Liverpool and Arsenal also spent hefty cash to strengthen their teams. Yet, Pochettino has confidence in his team ahead of their match against Newcastle United.
“I don’t feel the panic in football. Some people make a drama in football and drama for me is another thing” Pochettino added. “Football is a game where you need to be clever in how you set your principles, your strategy to try to win the games. Never a drama. I think we have a very competitive squad, of course, that we are hoping to improve, but if you cannot improve the most important thing is trying to keep your best team, your best players.
We try to be competitive. It is important to be professional, to have a commitment, with the team, with the club, with yourself, full commitment until the end. If all the players today are thinking in a collective target, we can be competitive. If we have all the squad thinking as individuals rather than as a collective, you cannot achieve what you want and cannot succeed. That is the key this season.”
While it is great to see Pochettino’s optimism, the Argentine boss should have recruited somebody. As it is Spurs have a poor squad depth and haven’t won anything in a long time.