Tottenham Hotspur’s lack of transfer activity has been the defining feature of their policy since the beginning of the summer 2018 window but, even in the midst of a near full-scale crisis, it seems unlikely that policy will shift before the end of the month.
Injuries to Harry Kane and Dele Alli have evoked genuine cause for concern amongst the Lilywhites faithful. With Son Heung-min on international duty for his second extended Premier League hiatus of the season, Mauricio Pochettino has been stripped down to the bare bones and is facing a selection dilemma ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
Frustrated supporters are understandably growing agitated by the prospect of drawing yet another blank in the transfer window, but that is a reality which they will need to accept if Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge’s recent comments are anything to go by.
While speaking on Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast on Tuesday, Bridge was eager to quash talk of a potential Spurs bid for Andy Carroll, and his explanation hinted that Pochettino and Levy will not be making any knee-jerk decisions this month in response to a short-term problem.
“Plain and simple there’s a few things here. West Ham aren’t gonna give Tottenham any favours.
“Secondly, Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino have an agreement that they don’t ever do quick fixes.
“Harry Kane’s had ankle injuries for the last three or four seasons, the only disappointment they have at the moment is that Son Heung-Min’s on international duty, but they [South Korea] could actually go out this week.
“If he was there, there would be no real panic.”
Bridge’s implication is telling: that Son’s mid-season departure has provoked an extra level of panic will not force the Tottenham hierarchy into a January move.
The policy which guards against short-term decision making in the transfer market has served Tottenham brilliantly over the years, and one transient period of uncertainty is unlikely to change that now.
It’s not exactly the type of revelation the transfer-starved Tottenham fans wanted to hear, but Bridge’s comments do not completely rule out the addition of a new signing.
After all, the likes of Jarrod Bowen, a reported target for the club, would be viewed as a long-term acquisition regardless of the situation Spurs find themselves in, so Levy could yet decide to sanction a deal sooner than expected to ensure Pochettino’s squad is well stocked for the final months of the season.
But, if Spurs fail to dip into the market for at least one new player this month, Pochettino may well be forced to prematurely introduce unproven products of Tottenham’s academy into the senior squad to deal with the growing injury list.
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