Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspurs have now spent two transfer seasons without purchasing a single player. Strange as it may sound, Spurs have instead invested efforts into establishing the group of players already present in the club instead of looking elsewhere. Oh boy, has it paid off, Spurs are in 3rd place currently sitting just behind Manchester City. But if they are to challenge for the Premier League , they need a squad revamp and that is exactly the direction the North London club seem to be heading towards.
Should the Argentinean manager decide to stay, among the possible lay-offs are Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier. Striker Fernando Llorente who has done a decent service at Spurs would also be on the way out as age has taken a tall on the veteran forward.
Spurs were willing to allow Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld to depart last summer, but Manchester United weren’t particularly keen on the Belgian. Squad players Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Victor Wanyama would be sold if the right offer came in.
“I was talking with [chairman] Daniel [Levy] after Sunday’s Liverpool game about the very good action of [Virgil] Van Dijk [when the defender helped stop Sissoko from scoring late on],” Pochettino said.
“Van Dijk was £75m 18 months ago. The goalkeeper [Alisson] was £70m. They had two midfielders on the bench [Naby Keita and Fabinho], who they spent about £100m on in the summer.
“People sometimes say that Tottenham are like Liverpool. In what? Yes, we are going to be better than Liverpool, because we have a better stadium and a better training ground, but it’s another thing to compete [with them] as we need to operate, maybe, similar to them in the future or not.”