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Pochettino holding out for “special player” in the transfer window

Spurs might sign another Rafa Van Der Vaart! But don’t bet on it.

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This is shaping up to be the dullest, no-drama Tottenham Hotspur transfer window ever, and it doesn’t appear that it’s going to be changing anytime soon. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino addressed his (lack of) transfer window activity by saying that, essentially, he’s happy with his squad and that he’d only consider making an addition to the team in January if that person is a “special player.”

“I told you from the first day of the month that we are not thinking to sign players. If some special player becomes available who is a very good option, then maybe, but it hasn’t happened yet.

“Nothing is impossible because a player can arrive at the last moment but I don’t believe we will sign anyone.”

So you’re telling us there’s a chance!

Everyone loves the transfer window, and everyone thinks that their team needs to make significant additions in January in order to improve. But that view runs more or less counter to everything we know about Mauricio Pochettino and the way he builds his squad. Poch has strict fitness regimens and tactics that must be learned and adhered to, like most managers, and it takes a while for most new players, “special players” excluded, to learn the ropes.

Moreover, everything coming out of the club suggests that Poch is incredibly happy with his team. And why shouldn’t he be? He’s got a team that’s punching above their financial weight relative to the other clubs vying for top four, and are still third in the table with an outside shot at a title run.

It’s hard to point at any one area of this Tottenham team and say this is a glaring hole that needs fixing in January. Sure, with Jan Vertonghen out for another few weeks Spurs might do well with another central defender, and if you squint and/or have given up on Vincent Janssen you could say Tottenham could use another striker who knows where the goal is. But otherwise, any improvements would require players that would be prohibitively expensive and/or who might not want to come to North London.

Hence, a “special player.” Remember how excited we all were when Spurs signed Rafael van der Vaart two hours before the window slammed shut in August 2010? I don’t know who Pochettino’s special player might be, or if there’s any kind of a chance Spurs might land him, but I know I love the drama of the transfer window. The low possibility of Spurs landing that hypothetical guy is going to keep me up VERY late on January 30 and 31.