You would have to scan back to the 1940s to find a decade in which Tottenham Hotspur failed to win a single trophy, and as the new year gets underway Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy will be eager to ensure that record continues in 2019.
Much has been made of Pochettino’s personal failure to win a trophy since taking over at the club but Tottenham’s long-standing record of winning at least one trophy per decade is hanging by a thread.
Tottenham begin 2019 with four trophies still to play for after sealing their place in both the knockout phase of the Champions League and the semi-final of the Carabao Cup last month.
That Spurs are in such a strong position despite their failure to sign a single player last summer is a testament to Pochettino, but that record should not deter Levy from dipping into the transfer market this month.
After all, the tangible results from picking out a gem in the mid-season window are staring Tottenham’s hierarchy in the face nearly a year on from the decision to sign Lucas Moura.
Moura had become an outcast at Paris Saint-Germain last season, with the likes of Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe pushing him down the pecking order, but he has completely reinvented himself at Tottenham.
Cinematic moments of brilliance, most notably away at Manchester United and Barcelona, combined with pulsating consistency and an exemplary attitude, have made him something of a fan-favourite in north London.
The decision to sign him for just £23 million was clearly another quintessential example of Levy’s ability to drive a hard bargain and spot genuine talent; indeed, it’s likely that a rival bidder would now have to pay twice the amount Tottenham parted with to sign Moura.
A return of nine goals and five assists from 38 appearances in all-competitions – 27 of which were starts – is a commendable return for a player who offers so much more than those stats can reveal.
Pochettino reaped the rewards from Moura’s dynamism, scintillating speed and disruptive style of dribbling in 2018 and he can expect plenty more from the Brazilian this year, but his ultimate dream of clinching his first trophy in management may depend on Levy’s ability to clinch another Moura-esque January deal.
The benefits of a fresh injection in January have manifested themselves since Moura moved to Tottenham and that lesson should resonate with Levy as the club enter a watershed year in their history.
The world is waiting for Pochettino to deliver his first trophy and one major January signing could make all the difference as he bids to change history.
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