The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare and The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick have both confirmed in their recent pieces on Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window that Jose Mourinho is pleased with the business the club have managed to do.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has now shed more light on how the Spurs boss influenced the club’s recruitment this summer.
He revealed that Tottenham’s targets this year were shaped by regular reports from Mourinho during the previous season on where the club needed to strengthen.
It is claimed that the club prioritised deals for a different profile of player than they have gone for in the past during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign.
Gold reveals that Mourinho wanted to bring in players with strong character and leadership traits. The Spurs boss reportedly wanted loud voices in the dressing room to add to those of Lloris and Kane, allowing them to deliver his message on the pitch.
The report suggests that the club, in the end, ended up getting almost all of their first-choice targets apart from Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.
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Pochettino often talked about the importance of having “nice human beings” in the squad and one certainly gets the feeling that the club went for non-confrontational players during the Argentine’s reign in order to keep the squad harmonious. However, that seems to have changed under Jose, with the club seemingly targeting vocal players this summer, which is not surprising considering that the Portuguese coach does not seem to mind confrontations among his players.
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