We’ve already witnessed the acquisition of new talent by the likes of the Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent months. As they splurge copious amounts of money on new players, it begs the question as to whether Spurs have sufficiently bolstered their ranks for the new season, which will also bring Champions League football to the club for the first time since Harry Redknapp’s reign.
While Spurs fans have the utmost of confidence in the pragmatic Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine is still holding his cards close to his chest with the season fast approaching. So far, Spurs have added last season’s top goalscorer in the Dutch league, Vincent Janssen to give Harry Kane some competition as well as Southampton holding midfielder Victor Wanayama.
It hardly matches up to Manchester United with them adding the much-hyped Eric Bailly, Dortmund winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Swedish icon Zlatan Ibrahimovich and potentially Paul Pogba to the ranks at Old Trafford. It’s these transfers that triggered what Yahoo says, as the start of the free spending by Premier League clubs.
With the rigours of Champions League football, Spurs are definitely lacking depth. And if they don’t reinforce soon, the season will be upon us and we all know how high transfer fees soar the closer the market gets to closing.
During pre-season, many Spurs fans were calling for Pochettino to invest in a new centre back with the club set to sell Federico Fazio after his loan spell with Sevilla. However, Sky Sports reports the Argentine is set to entrust yet another batch of youngsters with Pochettino confident Cameron Carter-Vickers, Dominic Ball and Anton Walkes can do a job if first choice partnership Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were to get injured. Additionally, Kevin Wimmer will also give Spurs options if need be and they have Eric Dier to call upon in emergencies.
It looks like Pochettino will implement a similar philosophy in the other areas of the pitch, too. While he doesn’t have great quality in depth in his midfield, he’ll be looking at the midfiel d trio of Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele to feature in most of the key games with the aforementioned Wanyama, Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll filling in the central midfield positions when called upon.
Up front they will undoubtedly be hoping Harry Kane can come through another season unscathed. It will be his first taste of Champions League action and will be looking to prove the naysayers wrong who criticised his European Championship displays for England this summer. The Telegraph suggests he will need to “regain his edge” after a torrid tournament in France where he failed to hit the back of the net.
Support will come in the form of recent signing Janssen. But it’s on the flanks where Spurs have the most depth with Nacer Chadli, Christian Erikson, Eric Lamela and Heung-Min Son to rely upon.
In an ideal world, Spurs would come up with a couple more signings to complete an already vibrant squad full of youth and exuberance. If they can stay injury free Pochettino’s men can challenge for a top four spot again, but with the other big teams investing heavily, this is about as unpredictable as it gets.
Currently, Betfair has Spurs clear favourites to beat Everton on the opening day of the season, on August 13. Maybe Pochettino feels that he doesn’t need to tamper too much with an already well functioning Spurs team. Whether this consistency going into the new campaign will help them, only time will tell. But as far as the Argentine’s CV goes – who would bet against him delivering again?