We are doing it again.
At the end of last season, Mauricio Pochettino was asked about his ambitions for the coming season. More specifically, the media asked him about transfer plans, and he had this to say to Talksport:
“We are thinking and trying to anticipate because it will be difficult if not at the World Cup. If the performance is not good at the World Cup you are going to sign players that have not performed in the way you have expected and if you are going to sign players where the performance is so good it will be so complicated.”
Pochettino went on to explain that waiting until after the World Cup was a risk he did not want to take, and that he wanted his squad to be settled early.
Yet here we are, in the very last stages of the World Cup, when all but 4 squads have gone home, and we are still without a signing. Pre-season has already started, but it seems that we will again be bargain hunting until deadline day.
It all started so well: Pochettino’s extension was immediately followed by Kane’s. Given the money involved, these moves hinted at bigger budgets for the squad, and an increased willingness to spend on talent. However, several weeks on, we have failed to kick on from that.
Of course, a quick look at our top 6 rivals shows that most of them have already signed players with significant PL, CL and/or international experience. They have wasted no time trying to address shortcomings in their squads, or in City’s case, making an awesome squad even scarier.
Comparatively, we are again leaving it very late to improve our squad, which will again harm any newcomer’s chances of having an immediate impact.
Will we ever learn, or at the very least, try to follow the advice of a manager who should have earned a bit of respect, trust and credibility by now?