Tottenham Hotspur have yet to venture into the transfer market this summer despite the comprehensive list of reported transfer targets, and their lack of activity is prompting cause for concern from large sections of their fan base.
Anthony Martial, Tanguy Ndombele, Mathijs de Ligt, Benjamin Pavard: These are just a handful of names whom Spurs have been linked with so far this summer. With the new season looming on the horizon there’s no doubt that the supporters concerns are natural in a summer when Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all spent significant sums of money on improving their squad.
A recent report from the Daily Mail detailing quotes from Mauricio Pochettino suggests that Tottenham may not sign a single player this summer as he admitted “I cannot tell you if we’re going to sign one, zero or two or three or four.”
Naturally, Pochettino’s admission that there is a possibility that no new players will arrive at the club this summer will further legitimise the concerns of supporters who are desperate to see new faces arrive in North London, but those supporters need to remember the extent of the facts before pouring scorn on their club’s transfer policy.
First and foremost, the vast majority of targets Tottenham have been linked with this summer were reportedly being lined up as replacements for players who were supposedly destined for transfers away from the club, such as Mousa Dembele and Toby Alderweireld; Anthony Martial represents the exception to the rule as he would be recruited to support Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, rather than as a replacement for a departing player.
Perhaps even more importantly, Spurs managed to finish in 3rd place last season despite playing all of their 19 home games in the rather bizarre atmosphere of Wembley Stadium. If they’d still been at White Hart Lane there’s no doubt they would have pipped Manchester United to a 2nd place finish.
And through all of this, Tottenham’s defensive lynchpin Toby Alderweireld was sidelined for the majority of the season with an injury problem, Danny Rose also struggled with injury, depression and subsequent issues relating to match-fitness, Harry Winks was absent from mid-Decemeber and Lucas Moura was only a bit-part player after being frozen out at PSG prior to his January transfer.
All the above factors prove that, following a relentless regime of fitness training in pre-season, Tottenham effectively have a handful of new signings to welcome into the squad anyway, even if their financial expenditure suggests otherwise.
Finally, Tottenham’s move into a state-of-the-art cathedral of football is arguably the biggest signing any of the top-six teams will make this summer, and their new fortress should lay the foundations of a genuine title challenge.
With all the above points to consider, there’s no doubt that Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity thus far is far from the disaster which fans and pundits have labelled it in recent weeks and, even if Daniel Levy fails to secure the signing of any new players before the window slams shut next week, the Lilywhites are in prime position to challenge the heavyweights for England’s top prize.
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