Levy on why Spurs didn’t buy any new players; does the stadium impacts transfer budgets

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Dom Le Roy

Daniel Levy has spoken about the reasons why Tottenham Hotspur did not sign any players this summer.

Tottenham became the first side in Premier League history not to bring in any fresh talent during the summer transfer window since its inception.

While many players including Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou were all heavily linked with moves away, all of last season’s first team squad were still present after the window closed on August 16th.

Levy met with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust on Tuesday evening at Lilywhite House and was asked by members of the THST about the transfer window just gone along with the prospect of spending some money during the upcoming winter transfer window in January.

The minutes of the meeting have been published on the THST’s website, giving an insight into Levy’s justification: “Daniel Levy explained that the club had based the summer window on certain assumptions that some players might be leaving and certain targets would be available,” read the minutes.

“Mauricio Pochettino didn’t want to sign someone for the sake of it. He felt there were sufficient players in the squad, and that those coming back from injury would be like new signings.

“Daniel Levy said that, concerning budgets, the stadium won’t directly impact on the transfer policy. There is a certain amount earmarked for transfers and the club can only spend what is available.

“He also said that transfers were complicated with several variables so it was not possible to work out in advance how much you could spend in a given window.”

“Daniel Levy felt that a bit of luck was needed in the transfer window. Spending big did not guarantee success. He said the club could not do more than it was doing, that they had come a long way and that they needed to be mindful not to stretch themselves too far sometimes.”

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  1. We just never to seem to have a plan B. I realise the foreign roster was full. It was no surprise that Sissoko or Llorente couldn’t be shifted due to their poor performances and high wages. Both late panic buys and Llorente on the cheap, transfer fee wise. Janssen being injured too. But young English talent was available, like James Maddison and Jack Grealish. They would hardly take our squad to another level, but they would both have scope to improve at their young age and offer more creativity and cover, as we have seen the injuries have stretched our squad. If we don’t spend big, then we should at least have youngsters in mind. We did so well with Dele Alli. Prices have gone up, but we have pretty much chucked ourselves out of a pretty difficult Champions League group by lacking depth. Even at centre back, one of the three get injured, as Jan has, and we are then relying on Foyth as cover. I just don’t see other sides in the top six as short as we are in so many areas. Striker, central midfield (we have tacklers but few passers).


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