The Times have revealed that Ange Postecoglou has been told that he will have to work within Tottenham’s means in the transfer market.

While some will dispute that Antonio Conte perhaps did not get all the players that he wanted at Spurs, there is no doubt that the Italian was backed considerably during his three transfer windows at the club.

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The club signed Rodrigo Bentancur, Dejan Kulusevsksi, Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Destiny Udogie, Pedro Porro (as well as Clement Lenglet and Arnaut Danjuma on loan), in addition to making Cristian Romero’s move permanent.

Tottenham must back Postecoglou to revamp the squad

However, many of the new arrivals did not have the desired impact on the side, with the Italian failing to build on his strong first season at the club.

Tottenham have now opted to change their approach by going for more of a project manager who plays attacking football, and The Times have now claimed that the club’s approach in the transfer window is expected to change as well.

The report asserts that after Conte tried to ‘pressure’ the club to ‘spend significantly’ in the transfer window, Postecoglou has been informed that he will have to ‘work within his means’ in the transfer market.

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I find the argument that some Spurs fans put forward that Conte was not backed sufficiently, to be utterly ridiculous.

Even though it was clear that the project was going pear-shaped by January, the club still backed him with the signing of yet another wing-back in Pedro Porro, who, for all intents and purposes, cost around well over £55m.

This was because apart from the transfer fee for the Spaniard, Spurs also had to give up a portion of Marcus Edwards’ sell-on clause and decided to sacrifice a fee for Matt Doherty by letting him leave for free.

Besides, we have seen over the years that spending big does not always equate to success. In fact, most of our big-money accusations (Tanguy Ndombele, Richarlison, Sanchez, Lo Celso etc.) have not been successful.

So, it is much more important to make smart recruitment decisions, which Postecoglou has shown himself capable of doing at a lower level. It remains to be seen if those skills are transferable to the elite level.

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