Chris Sutton has opined that Tottenham should have looked to beat Arsenal to the signings of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City last summer.
Given the way Spurs managed to come from behind to clinch the fourth spot ahead of their North London rivals last season and the clarity with which the Lilywhites approached last summer’s transfer window, not many people would have given the Gunners a chance of finishing Tottenham this season.
In fact, some might have even felt that Tottenham were best placed to challenge last season’s top two but instead, it is Arsenal who look on course to win their first league title in almost two decades while Spurs are seemingly set for another battle for Champions League qualification.
Most of Tottenham’s summer signings, including the likes of Richarlison, Yves Bissouma and Ivan Perisic, have fallen short of expectations, owing to a combination of factors, including injuries, while Arsenal’s signings have transformed the side.
Sutton has now told BBC’s 606: “Were you disappointed with all of Spurs’ signings? On paper, Bentancur and Kulusevski, aren’t bad signings – that’s not Levy’s fault (some signings flop).”
When asked if Tottenham should have been in for players such as Zinchenko and Jesus, he responded: “Yeah, I think I said it at the start of the season.
“I was surprised Manchester City let two players of that quality go to Arsenal.
“I don’t think anybody, honestly, expected Arsenal to push for a Premier League title like they have done.
“But those two players have made a difference, then the improvement of some of the younger players. I get that.
“But we are in the here and now with Spurs. Whatever grief you have with Daniel Levy. I mean Conte’s outburst, that’s a bigger issue.”
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While it is easy to make these claims in hindsight, I do not think many Spurs fans would have swapped our transfer business with that of Arsenal ahead of the start of the season.
In fact, I still think we had a decent transfer window as the likes of Richarlison, Bissouma, and Spence are all good players, who could thrive in the right system.
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