Opinion: The January transfer window is the most important of Poch’s tenure

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The January transfer window is usually a quiet one for most clubs, who do not want to lose or buy lots of players and tinker too much with their squad halfway through the season.

For Spurs, the 2020 January transfer window is now the most important one since Mauricio Pochettino took charge in North London.

After reaching a staggering height last season and being on the verge of European glory (BBC Sport), Spurs have come crashing back down to earth this season having won just three of their first twelve league games.

The squad looks stale, with some players underperforming massively and others who just don’t seem like they want to be at the club anymore.

Players such as Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier did not want to remain at the club but Daniel Levy failed to move them on and bring in replacements.

The squad needs a new fresh look more than ever, with summer signings Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso just not enough to outweigh the staleness that remains.

January is now a crucial transfer window for Spurs. A squad overhaul is needed, and the club can’t really afford to wait until the summer to do it. Players who want to leave and players who just aren’t good enough to play for the club have to be moved on quickly, and Spurs need to be clever in the market and bring in new faces to replace them.

This should have been done last summer, as soon as the Champions League final was over, but players who had to go ended up staying, and only three signings were made. If Spurs don’t act in January, there won’t be much improvement, resulting in a poor finish and no Champions League football, which has further knock-on negative effects.

It is easy in these tough times to point the finger at the manager, but whilst Poch must take some blame, I believe the season wouldn’t have been anywhere near as bad as it has been if Levy and the club in general acted like a ‘big club’ in the summer. If they don’t do so in January, a future that once looked incredibly bright will suddenly look a lot darker.

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