Date: 15th June 2019 at 7:38pm
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Tottenham were the first club in 15 years not to spend a penny in a summer transfer window before last season.

Coupled with the fact they had more players than any other club in the semi-finals of the World Cup meant the lack of squad depth really showed towards the end of the campaign.

Spurs won just two of their last nine games in all competitions and limped over the line in fourth place in the Premier League.

Six points off the top at Christmas, Tottenham finished 27 points off Manchester City in May – a slump indicative of a shallow squad.

The Champions League run was miraculous, something which should be hailed as a freakish anomaly given the size of the finances they were competing against.

But refusing to spend is not a sustainable model and both Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy are aware of that.

Pochettino’s comments before and after the Champions League final clearly suggest he will not tolerate another summer with a substantially restricted budget.

As a result, Spurs have already been linked with a number of players to improve their squad – Ryan Sessegnon, Nathan Ake and Tanguy Ndombele, according to Football London.

But regardless of the money Spurs decide to spend this summer, they are already playing a game of catch up that leaves a Premier League title challenge next season bordering on unattainable.

When Spurs travelled to eventual title winners Man City in April, they had a bench of Danny Rose, Victor Janssen, Victor Wanyama, Michel Vorm, Kyle Walker-Peters, Fernando Llorente and Oliver Skipp.

Compare that with City’s that day – Leroy Sane, David Silva, Fernandinho, Riyad Mahrez, Nicolas Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus, Arijanet Muric.

The gulf in squad depth is simply too drastic to be rectified in one transfer window, especially when it is likely Spurs will have players such as Rose, Llorente and Eriksen all leaving.

Pochettino has built a belief and spirit at Spurs that is centred around being the plucky underdogs who continue to raise a glass ceiling.

What Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have built at their respective clubs is deep squads who improve year on year, primarily not because of the spirit of the team but because of the calibre of player they continue to bring in.

What Pochettino has done at Tottenham can be seen as little short of incredible – Spurs’ best manager for decades. But there is a feeling that whether money is spent or not Pochettino has reached a cross road in his project at the club.

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5 Replies to “Tottenham’s lack of spending has left Pochettino with an impossible task – opinion”

  • When you work for a boss like Levy you will be very lucky to get any player you really want.
    As the fans know he just does not want to spend any money on players that he feels are over priced.
    He has a reputation of showing of when it’s negotiating time and his skill of getting a bargain are now over.
    All this unnecessary time wasted on talking about whom we may or may not buy is just another of his smoke and mirrors game. I would not be surprised to see us end up without any top player this transfer period.

  • It wasn’t an impossible task to win the Champions League until Poch made it impossible with his stupid choices for the final. Moura, Son and others had given their all to get that far, and Poch and Kane (with help from two other of Poch’s golden boys who always play) blew it big time. Any novice has seen how Kane is useless for several matches every time he “comes back” from injury — and Poch couldn’t see it?

  • Hard negotiator or not, only a fool will risk going another transfer window without signing 3/4 New faces at least. Levi isn’t that fool, otherwise he risk losing his manager.
    Stadium will turn out to be a joke. He cannot risk that to happen. He’ll turn out to be a laughing stock in the football world where he’s very highly regarded.
    But I pp still believe Zaha should be in the Spurs kit next session. He has passion, energy and the will to win…

  • I am always surprised that Spurs have so many bloggers who want to trash their own team and it’s management. This is the best team that Spurs have fielded for many years and we are going to add 3-6 top players this summer. Our biggest set back last year was having too many players called upon to play for International clubs. These are not “National teams” nor do they represent the nations. It’s a feeding frenzy to feed the pariahs on the football associations. Young players need to recognize tha this “call” is not a great honour; it is a risk of engaging in form deteriorating, injury causing, career limiting football while being used up by managers who could care less about the long term development and prospects of players they do not pay for.

  • This current transfer window already looks as though it will be another of Danny boys “almost” windows. Announce to the football world that we’re after such and such a player, and then find out that the “big money” teams, (ManU, Man Citeh, Chelsea, Liverpool et al), are ready to meet the transfer price of the selling team, or that the player is just too expensive so we’ll offer a stupidly low offer that will NEVER be accepted. We need to get the players in NOW and give Poch a chance to bed them in to his way of playing, or, once again, Spurs will end up playing catch up to the league leaders. Realistically, there are 6 “big” teams chasing the four CL places, ManU, Citeh, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and us. Liverpool have already booked their place in the tournament, so that leaves 5 teams chasing 3 spots. Come on Danny boy, get the players in NOW and give Poch a chance, or he’ll walk away from the club and leave us with a fantastic new stadium with a second rate team.

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