Danny Rose had a point.
When Tottenham started last season with no new signings, he called for Spurs to improve the type of players they were signing and look to bring in players who you didn’t have to Google. Well now they haven’t signed anyone at all.
Incredibly, Spurs have become the first Premier League club not to sign a player in the summer transfer window. A side who have qualified for the Champions League for the last three seasons, one of the favourites to win the league are suddenly being frugal.
They haven’t lost anyone which is a bonus but a signing or two could have been huge. With a few new faces, Spurs could win the league. What has Daniel Levy been doing all summer?
One major reason Spurs are where they are now, is through shrewd signings and getting in top players on the cheap. Their recruitment saw the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Hugo Lloris all join for less than £13m each. Those types of signings pushed them to the next level where is that ambition now?
Jack Grealish was an initial target but the deal couldn’t go over the line in spite of Aston Villa being in serious financial trouble. Spurs badly need reinforcements, they have a paper thin squad spread over four competitions. Just a few injuries could decimate the squad. Furthermore, nine Tottenham players featured in the World Cup semi-finals limiting their pre-season participation. This could have been a good opportunity to add a few more for cover if nothing else.
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Everyone has been suckered into thinking this Tottenham side cannot be improved, which maybe true of the first XI but it’s the squad as a whole that needs serious work. Look at Sissoko, a player I don’t rate highly, he made 15 league starts last year playing in 47 games in total; only Son Heung-min and Harry Kane made more. Fernando Llorente, a dismal signing from Swansea City, made 31 appearances scoring just 5 times. Expensive flops Georges-Kévin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen are still hanging around and need to be shipped out. There are just few places to start.
Everyone was dismissive of Rose and his comments last year about Tottenham’s recruitment and the club need to do better. Time is running out for these players to win trophies and they may leave to get that elsewhere. And then there is the manager. It won’t be long before Real Madrid or Manchester United are looking for a new manager and turn to Mauricio Pochettino.
This is the best Spurs side of a generation with some truly world-class players and one of the best managers going. The fans might not see it this good in a long while. With the right signings, the opportunity for Spurs to win big trophies could have been now.