As there is every year at our club, some fans will be deriding the fact that we haven’t started this summer’s transfer window by signing x number of players. It is a valid criticism of Daniel Levy and the club as a whole that we don’t do our business early enough. However, this season there are a couple of mitigating circumstances that every supporter would do well to consider.
Uncertainty over the manager
Over his four years at the club, Mauricio Pochettino’s influence has grown and grown. More of a manager than the head coach he was appointed as back in 2014, he does have an important say over transfer policy. The doubts over his future before his contract renewal, and again last week surrounding the speculation about the Real Madrid job, will inevitably delay signings.
A lot of the players being scouted will be Poch’s preferences above all else, and it is important to emphasise that deals (especially with Levy at the helm) can take a while to be concluded. With our manager’s future seemingly secure, we can now press ahead with the club’s plans without any fear that the man who wanted the targets signed will be leaving.
Uncertainty over players
The Evening Standard believes that at least three players: Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele will be moving on. It’s likely though that replacements will only be signed when these player’s futures have been resolved.
Currently, there have been no bids for the trio in question that we know of. With such uncertainty, it does make planning difficult. With finances as they are with the £850m cost of the new stadium hanging over the club, it’s unlikely we’d see a situation like with Fabinho at Liverpool, who was signed in the knowledge that Emre Can was heading out the exit door.
Levy and the club will probably want to make sure that Toby, Danny and Mousa are all certain to leave before finalising any incomings. Talks with these players may now have to wait until after the World Cup as deals are unlikely to occur during the tournament.
Considering the glacial pace of transfer business in past windows, impatience is very understandable. Remember though, it is only 5th June. If we are still waiting for movement on 5th August, then I will certainly be a lot more concerned.