Tottenham Hotspur have vastly improved the depth of their squad this season, which seems strange, as they became the first Premier League side in history to not sign a single player in the summer transfer window.
However, Harry Winks has stepped up his game, as have Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth. Lucas Moura has taken a more prominent role in the team this season, and youngsters such as Oliver Skipp have emerged from the academy.
This new-found strength and depth has allowed Pochettino to confidently rotate the squad each week without compromising performance or results.
However, what this does mean is that some players are being left out of match day squads, as there simply isn’t enough room for everyone within a deep squad.
The likes of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Michel Vorm, and Vincent Janssen will likely not be used frequently for the rest of the season.
Pochettino claims that most of the squad are happy and motivated, but not all.
He said (Football London): “I am not the same as I was five years ago and neither are the players. Always you need to refresh the squad. You need to add quality. Always you know. I am not the same five years ago as I am now.
“Sometimes you need to refresh and all the team are trying to improve. Of course you cannot keep the same squad for five years. It’s going to be difficult to find the motivation.
“Some players after five years have the same desire to work with you like the first day. Some players after one season they need a different challenge, different voice. They need to move. All this situation we cannot explain properly because my English isn’t so good.
“That is why it’s a fantastic thing that we didn’t sign but keep the squad motivated. 95 per cent of the squad is happy, accept the rules and are happy with us. You can feel that. We will see if we can stay for a long long way like this. I think not but in football anything can happen.”
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