‘Maybe a big surprise in January’ – Pochettino reveals Spurs chief scout was sent to Merseyside derby

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were famously quiet in the summer transfer window, in fact, record-breakingly so.

Spurs became the first ever Premier League side not to sign a single new player in a summer transfer window, a less than ideal record to start the season with.

However, it is likely that Tottenham will dip into the market come January, as they must look at replacing some key first team and squad players.

The likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Michel Vorm, and Fernando Llorente are all in the final six months of their current deals.

Some of these do have one year extension options, and others may well sign new deals themselves, but Spurs simply must bolster the squad and introduce new faces to breed success.

Pochettino revealed this week that Spurs’ chief scout Steve Hitchen was sent to the Merseyside derby at the weekend.

It is unclear why the scout was in attendance, or who he was watching, if anyone.

ESPN report Poch had this to say: “[Our chief scout] Steve Hitchen was at the Liverpool game against Everton and was watching our game before in the stadium — and when Arsenal scored the third goal all the Liverpool fans celebrated, like Arsenal celebrated after.

When asked what Hitchen was doing there, Pochettino laughed: “There is maybe a big surprise in January! He went to enjoy the entertainment, the experience.”

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