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How Pochettino’s formation switch in light of failed transfers could win Spurs the league

After watching their side move up to second in the Premier League, the Tottenham Hotspur fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern have been waxing poetic about life under Mauricio Pochettino once more.

While last season’s collapse has threatened to rear its ugly head at times this term, our north London locals are once again hopeful their beloved Spurs can challenge for the Premier League title.

What’s most amazing about Pochettino’s work at White Hart Lane is no longer how he’s created a vibrant young side full of exciting talent – that was obvious last season – but more so the fact he’s found an extra gear for a team already traveling at breakneck speed.

The Argentine coach has been cited as a master in the transfer market in years gone by, having unearthed a gem such as Dele Alli, though there’s little doubt the signings he made in the summer just gone need to do some convincing. Arrivals such as Vincent Janssen and Moussa Sissoko are yet to wholly convince on Hotspur Way, though perhaps Spurs’ good form in light of their relative failure to impact is Pochettino’s biggest achievement to date.

For a side who have been so accustomed to watching various managers splash millions on flops, only to then get sacked when results don’t come for years on end, the fact Pochettino has made what he’s got work is management at its finest.

Rather than lament their struggles since joining and blindly stick with a system he may have thought would work prior to their arrival, the former Southampton coach has introduced a Plan B to his side, using a 3-4-3 formation of late, to spice up life for the Lilywhites.

There’s now a depth to his squad in north London, one that could prevent a collapse like the one last term and his pragmatic approach to the Sissoko and Janssen deals could well have saved their title tilt.

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