Though it’s been a wonderful start to the season for Tottenham, yesterday’s loss away at Watford will serve as a huge disappointment. Indeed, having taken the lead against the Hornets, losing 2-1 and surrendering their 100%, Spurs head into the international break on a blow.
To be fair, many expected Mauricio Pochettino’s men to struggle after an unprecedently quiet summer transfer window and perhaps the Lillywhites were performing at a misleadingly high level in their prior three games, though the manner of the defeat won’t go down well.
Obviously, any kind of loss like that will raise questions about the club’s decision not to splash any kind of cash over the course of the summer and a report from L’Equipe on Sunday (via Sport Witness) delves a little further into the most inactive transfer window in Premier League history.
According to their report, Daniel Levy DID try and make a fairly big money signing, in the shape of Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele, though Les Gones aren’t believed to have thought the apparent willingness to pay €45m (around £40m) for the midfielder was enough to sell.
If the reports are to be believed, Levy should have upped his offer for the midfielder. Indeed, during the club’s loss to Watford, Mousa Dembele’s inability to consistently sting passes together really cost his side and the fact that neither Christian Eriksen nor Dele Alli could find space pushing forward left Harry Kane fairly isolated.
A player such as Ndombele would certainly have changed that, giving fresh legs to a side running on empty already, easing the burden on the club’s current midfield options. Even if he was made Spurs’ only summer signing ahead of a vitally important campaign on both domestic and European fronts, his mere arrival would have helped prevent a collapse like yesterday.