Are Spurs backing themselves into a corner?

7th Aug 2018

As anyone with a Twitter account will know, Tottenham are the only club in this season’s Premier League and Champions League yet to make a signing this summer.

It’s a story we’re all too used to as Tottenham fans. As all of our rivals around us appear to be strengthening, in particular Liverpool and Arsenal this summer, we seem to be standing still.

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That might seem slightly over-dramatic when you consider how much the team has progressed under Mauricio Pochettino in the last few seasons.

We’re also finally set to move into a new state-of-the-art stadium in the opening weeks of the new campaign. This should be a time for Spurs fans to be wondering what the potential of this talented young side could become in a new environment under such an excellent coach.

And yet instead, we find ourselves frustrated by a lack of activity on the transfer front and - make no mistake - this is where Spurs have truly let themselves down in recent years.

Of last summer’s arrivals, only Davinson Sanchez has looked capable of nailing down a regular starting spot in this Spurs side. Juan Foyth is a youngster with a bright future, but Serge Aurier has been error-prone and Fernando Llorente a passenger in Premier League matches.

Twelve months prior to that, Victor Wanyama proved to be a solid addition from Southampton – but Vincent Janssen showed himself to be below the standard required at Spurs, Georges-Kevin N'Koudou has failed to impress and the less said about Moussa Sissoko’s time at Spurs the better.

Are we backing ourselves into a corner again this summer? Where the deadline creeps up and we are forced into panic-buying players that simply will not improve this squad? Is it that we can’t financially compete with other top clubs with the price of the stadium hanging over us? Nobody knows, but boy is it frustrating!

A major crumb of comfort of course is that none of Pochettino’s key players have left the club this summer. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen remain and although Toby Alderweireld is still being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, nothing is confirmed as of yet and there doesn’t seem to be any serious interest in the likes of Jan Vertonghen or Hugo Lloris. 

But the fact is, the fans feel as though the club is on the brink of something special. Moving into the new stadium is the perfect time for the club to make a statement with a big name signing or two to announce ourselves as serious title challengers again.

Instead, we’re left with holes in the squad, particularly in midfield, and reported targets like Jack Grealish seemingly no closer to a move.

Spurs have picked up some impressive signings in recent years that have gone on to form the spine of what is undoubtedly the strongest Lilywhites side of the Premier League era, but they can’t keep relying on low-risk, low-fee signings in the hope of another Dele Alli breaking through if they’re to really challenge for the title in the next few seasons.

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