There’s a generally held false impression amongst Tottenham Hotspur supporters that Mauricio Pochettino could be silly to stroll away from the undertaking he’s four-and-a-half years into constructing. It’s based mostly on the view that, with a bunch of younger, top-class expertise getting ready to transfer into a shocking new 61,000-seater stadium, the supervisor is on the verge of one thing large at Spurs and never even the lure of Manchester United or Real Madrid could be sufficient to tempt him away.
Pochettino and Spurs might properly be on the brink of a golden period, however the supervisor could be forgiven for questioning if it’ll ever come as he surveys his squad in the wake of Sunday’s 1-Zero defeat in opposition to United at Wembley.
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Tottenham’s failure to add to their squad final summer season has been well-documented, with Pochettino the solely Premier League supervisor not to welcome a brand new signing to his membership in a window since the He has repeatedly insisted that he’s completely satisfied at Spurs and that the membership is “doing what it wants to do,” however he additionally hinted at his frustrations with the lack of funding in the enjoying facet final week.
“I noticed a stat about how groups have been spending cash in the final 10 years and we have been on the backside in England and Europe,” Pochettino stated. “If we wish to be actual contenders, we want to function in a distinct manner in the future.”
Pochettino’s remarks have turn into much more pertinent following the United defeat, which ended with Harry Kane struggling to stroll off the pitch with an ankle damage sustained in the dying moments. Spurs are justifiably fearful about the extent of Kane’s damage as the membership are additionally with out Son Heung-Min for the remainder of January due to the ahead’s departure to the United Arab Emirates for Asian Cup responsibility with South Korea.
Between them, Kane and Son have scored 22 objectives for Spurs in the Premier League this season and their absence might undermine the membership’s hopes of silverware — particularly given they are nonetheless concerned in all 4 competitions. With out Kane and Son, Spurs are going to have issues placing the ball into the back of the internet and no crew can prosper with out a confirmed purpose scorer.
Fernando Llorente, the solely match senior striker obtainable to Pochettino, has not scored a league purpose since January 2018 and has not even began a Premier League recreation this season. Whereas Pochettino made it clear after the United recreation that Vincent Janssen, the Dutch ahead who price them £17m from AZ in 2016 and is languishing in the reserve crew, doesn’t determine in his plans.
Spurs are strolling instantly right into a striker disaster, however they even have points in midfield. Moussa Sissoko limped out of the United defeat earlier than half-time with a muscle damage and, with Mousa Dembele shut to finalising a transfer to Chinese language membership Beijing Gouan, Pochettino’s squad is skinny and susceptible.
Many would argue that chairman Daniel Levy has been too reluctant to spend on much-needed reinforcements, however Levy’s arms have been tied by the prices of the new stadium, which have reportedly nearly trebled from the authentic estimate of £400m. Levy is being wise by contemplating the long-term monetary well being of the membership, with neighbours Arsenal nonetheless struggling to emerge from the constraints of their transfer to the Emirates Stadium in 2006. However Pochettino can be culpable for the lack of latest arrivals.
As the supervisor, and a person whose fame as one in all Europe’s most sought-after coaches ensures that he can wield some energy with Levy, Pochettino ought to have pushed tougher for brand spanking new signings final summer season as a result of Spurs have been already working with a shallower squad than their prime six rivals. That failure to accomplish that has left the membership in hassle.
At the flip of the yr, Spurs have been on the fringe of the title race, however they at the moment are trying over their shoulder in third, terrified of being dragged back into the battle for a prime 4 end as Chelsea and Man United collect momentum.
Pochettino has finished remarkably properly to flip Spurs into common challengers for the prime 4, however the cracks are starting to present as a result of the funding in the squad has not been there. Except that adjustments, it’s tough to see how the Spurs undertaking can retain its attraction for Pochettino.