Former Premier League star tells Daniel Levy what he must do to help Mauricio Pochettino

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have come under criticism for their failure to break their long-running trophy drought.

Although Spurs have always competed at the top end of the table and have been one of the best teams in the Premier League during the Argentine’s four and a half years at the club, they have failed to cross the final hurdle.

Tottenham have also been in a transition phase for the last couple of seasons having to play their home games at Wembley until the new stadium is ready.

The new stadium has set the club back by the best part of £1 billion and has likely had an impact on the club’s ability to spend money on new signings.

In fact, Tottenham became the first team since the inception of the summer transfer window to fail to add a single player to their squad last year.

Despite this Spurs have performed admirably this season and were competing on all four fronts before they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties last Thursday.

After Tottenham’s result on Thursday, former Premier League midfielder Andy Townsend has warned Daniel Levy that if he doesn’t loosen his purse strings, Pochettino might reconsider where his future lies.

Speaking to BBC’s Football Daily Podcast, Townsend said: “I wonder what Pochettino thinks when, before the game, he sees Higuain out there applauding the crowd and he knows Sarri has added something to his squad,”

“He’s given it a little bit of a lift, a bit of a boost. Because that’s what new players do. When they come into the dressing room, it just energises your dressing room. It always has done and it always will.

“And I wonder when Pochettino is looking at that and he’s thinking: ‘I would love to energise my squad right now. They need it.’ They deserve it, in many ways, to have something else come in.

“Who those people are, that’s why football clubs have recruitment departments. They have scouts out there scouring the Earth for talented players.

“If ever Mauricio Pochettino has needed one or two new faces to come through the door to potentially make a little bit of a difference it’s this spell where the games are going to come at them thick and fast.

“There’s serious, serious matches.

“Go and find him a couple of players. That’s the job of Daniel Levy and the technical directors, the sporting directors, the recruitment department.

“That’s their job now to try and supplement what he’s got because they are close to running on empty.

“It would be a great shame if they fall away purely because they don’t have the personnel.”

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