Tottenham Hotspur are still the only club in the Premier League yet to make a signing this season, across both the summer and winter windows.
In fact, Spurs are the only Prem side in history not to sign any new players in the summer transfer window.
Pochettino and Levy instead opted for a settled squad players, with a mixture of senior experienced heads, and a faith in youth and the academy.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, this was looking like an absolute master stroke, but a harsh run of injuries left the squad rather bare through January.
As a result, Spurs were knocked out of both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup within four days of each other, crippling their chances for a trophy this year.
The only piece of transfer activity out of Spurs has been the sale of Mousa Dembele to China, and Pochettino has now revealed that senior players do sometimes have to leave in order to raise funds and bring in new talent.
He said (Standard): “To be successful or win titles, you always need to improve,” Pochettino said ahead of Wednesday’s match against Watford. “You can’t keep doing the same, and in every transfer window, you need to say, ‘Okay, how can I improve the team?’
“Sometimes it’s about improving your structure, your facilities and sometimes it’s a moment to invest in the team.
“But sometimes — and it’s so painful — you need to say, ‘OK, I love this player, he helped us arrive at this level but now, if we are going to achieve another level, we need to improve and we need to bring in another player.
“The only way we can reach the next level, and win titles, is by improving, improving, improving.
“We’re all getting older. The players can get more mature but at some point, they need another challenge, another experience, another goal, as always happens in life, and we need to be open to improve.”
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