Tottenham Hotspur became the first ever Premier League side not to sign a single new player in the summer transfer window this season.
So far, Spurs have chosen not to invest in the winter window either, despite vast injuries to their squad and the departure of first team midfield man Mousa Dembele.
For their match against Fulham, Tottenham were without Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama, Luke Amos, Heung Min Son, Eric Dier was only fit enough for the bench, and Dele Alli was later injured in the match.
Alli and Kane should both be out until early March, and despite the returns of Moura, Wanyama, Dier, and Sissoko, Spurs will still miss a lot of attacking flair.
The obvious solution would be to invest in the transfer window, using the Dembele money, and perhaps some funds from other upcoming departures.
Pochettino insists Spurs are working to make something happen.
He said (Football London): “Our idea is always I’m so open to improving the squad and adding players, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli fit or not fit. It’s so important to have a clear message to everyone. I was always open. I was open in the summer, I’m open now, but the different thing is the reality and it’s difficult for us to add players that can help us or improve our squad. We’re open. It’s not that now because we suffer some injuries we’re going to change our strategy. It’s so clear. Always we were so open to finding the right profile and the right players to arrive and improve us. But we’re working. We’ll see what happens until the end. But we were always open to improving the squad.
“It’s going to be difficult, as I told you in the past. If it was difficult in the summer, because in the end we had the squad full – we didn’t have space to sign players because we didn’t sell players – now of course it’s difficult too. I think this transfer window is always the most difficult transfer window and you know very well because I’m seeing you [Sky reporter] every day, there are not too many transfers, with a lot of loans. It’s difficult to find the right players for all the clubs. Of course we’re Tottenham and to find the right profile to help us I think is going to be difficult. But we’re trying, we’re trying to deliver something.”
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