Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been in fine voice in recent times having seen their side get the 2018/19 Premier League season underway with victory on Saturday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men got the better of Newcastle United 2-1 at St James’ Park to begin the new campaign with a much-needed three points, with goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli either side of a Joselu equaliser securing the victory. And after a testing summer, in which Spurs failed to bring in any new signings, a good start to the season was certainly needed to keep Tottenham fans positive and optimistic about their team’s chances this time round.
However, the lack of additions meant that Pochettino was somewhat forced to start several players on Saturday, including Alli and striker Harry Kane, that hadn’t had much of a pre-season, and rushing them back into the team has already proven that they got the summer window badly wrong.
Ultimately, while all their title and top four rivals spent big money improving and strengthening their squads over the summer, Daniel Levy and the rest of the club’s hierarchy failed to conduct any business, albeit they have, in the meantime at least, kept all those players linked with a move away.
Yet it was pretty clear from some lacklustre displays on Saturday that some players simply weren’t ready to return to competitive action, with striker Kane himself looking leggy and a way off the level we all know he can produce on a weekly basis.
And with Kane, Alli, Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Hugo Lloris, and Mousa Dembele, all of whom enjoyed success with their respective national teams at the World Cup during the summer, all playing some part at St James’ Park on Saturday having done little during pre-season, it’s pretty clear that additions were needed over the summer to help at the beginning of the campaign.
And that’s because signings would have allowed those players further time to rest and prepare for the new season, whereas now it’s plausible that, come the second half of the season when the competitions begin to come thick and fast, they are all at risk of burnout after an absent pre-season.
Yes, signing players just to fill a few gaps in the first few weeks isn’t necessarily the answer, but it’s clear that Pochettino relies heavily on those players to produce the goods for his side – he needs others that he can call upon in the same vein, and thus a bigger squad of genuine quality from which to choose from.
And given he wasn’t able to do that suggests that Spurs got the summer window badly wrong.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!