Journalist asks Mourinho how different the Spurs starting XI will look next season

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

After Tottenham ended the season with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, a result that saw the North Londoners sneak into the Europa League, Jose Mourinho has insisted that the club will not be letting any of their important players leave.

Spurs ended the season unbeaten in their final six matches, winning four of them, including the North London Derby.

In fact, the Lilywhites only lost one game since the restart, with the 3-1 defeat against Sheffield United proving very much a blip in hindsight.

The defeat against Blades and Mourinho’s subsequent reaction seemed to have sparked a resurgence from the Tottenham side, although they needed Chelsea to beat Wolves to secure a top-six place this season.

When asked how different Tottenham’s starting eleven will look at the start of next season, Mourinho indicated that he did not know how soon Spurs would get their transfer business done.

However, the Portuguese coach did insist that players who were important to the structure, will stay.

The Spurs boss told Football.London: “I don’t know (how different the starting eleven will look next season), honestly in this moment I don’t know.

“The market is very strange and it’s long, I don’t know if we manage to start in pre-season working with any new players or it’s something that is going to go through the whole period.

“I don’t know. I don’t know in this moment. What I do know is that we are going to keep the structure of this team because we have absolutely no interest in seeing one of our fundamental players leave.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Given that Levy likes pushing deals to the last moment in order to get the best possible price even under normal circumstances, there is no reason to expect that things will be different this summer, given the uncertainty surrounding the transfer market. Based on Jose’s words, it sounds like it could well be another frustrating summer, with negotiations moving painfully slowly. Hopefully, that does not affect us going into the start of next season as the pre-season is going to be a short one.

Have something to tell us about this article?


  1. I have long questioned the dubious philosophy that controls Tottenham’s recruitment and transfer policy. A policy which appears almost exclusively in the hands of Dan Levy, despite the clear need of technical expertise in this area. Spurs ability to recruit new players that actually make a significant difference to the squad in the last few years is markedly inconsistent, which is hardly surprising when Levy has almost habitually chosen to prioritise budget over genuine quality when purchasing new players, not to mention a now notorious and unprecedented 18 month period where Tottenham failed to sign any players whatsoever, and if opinion be offered a central focal point to the marked decline in the overall quality of football as well as status in a highly competitive league. I cannot say I have ever really understood Levy’s miserly outlook for the structure seems questionably counter productive in terms of hindering the clubs ambition to grow as a club. And now that Spurs are being moulded under by Mourinho’s deeply defensive style of management there is an overwhelming notion that the joy and indeed fundamental ethos is now being sucked out of the very heart of THFC; and where once the grand ideology was “to dare is to do” has this now been replaced by “beware what you do”?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.