Speaking to TalkSport, Poch quashed rumors that Spurs might be tempted to strengthen when the window opens, instead suggesting that, like last season, he’s going to roll with the team that’s gotten him this far.
"Maybe [we’ll be busy] on the last day! No, I think that like before it's too difficult to improve your squad in January. I think for all the clubs, I don't expect too much movement."
Nobody should be shocked by this. There have been indications that Pochettino was not actively looking to strengthen ahead of this, the most crucial being that the club has been busy trying to lock down its important players to new contracts instead of putting feelers out for new players. Even the transfer rumors that have been circulating have been more geared toward summer moves than January ones.
Moreover, with the exception of a couple of seasons in the Redknapp years, Tottenham generally doesn’t do too much transfer activity in January. Pochettino’s system is such that it takes time for players to adapt to it and build up the requisite fitness. That’s what preseason is for, and any player joining in January would be well behind and might upset the chemistry between the players who are already in the squad.
That’s not to say that if, say, a Rafael van der Vaart too-good-to-pass-up kind of player emerges that Spurs might not make a cheeky move, nor that a few players on the fringes of the squad (hi, Tom Carroll) might not be sold. Pochettino, however, doesn’t think he has major problems that he needs to address in January and thus he doesn’t think he needs to spend time looking for that missing piece.
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