Tottenham Hotspur are in Los Angeles ahead of tomorrow night’s friendly against Roma in San Diego, but the thing that’s on everyone’s mind is the transfer window. Specifically, the complete and utter lack of signings made by Spurs thus far, with 16 days to go before the window slams shut.
But one person who isn’t concerned? Mauricio Pochettino. Speaking to reporters after Spurs’ training session in LA, Poch reiterated his belief that not only is he not worried about Spurs’ lack of activity in the transfer market, he’s “sure” that there will be additions to the squad by the end of the day on August 9.
“No. Like all season, we are focusing on trying to improve the team, developing our players and focusing on our players. That is most important.
”We’re working hard trying to improve the squad. It’s a market that has only started to move very quickly after the World Cup and then this season the transfer window closes on 9 August. Be sure that we are going to do some movement but like always, we’re working hard. No rash decisions. I’m not worried.”
“I’m happy preparing the team to arrive in the best condition for the first Premier League game. And of course, very happy with players who have signed new contracts like Harry Kane, Son, Lamela, Davinson and Michel Vorm – that’s like signing five new players.”
OK, it’s good that Poch is zen about the transfer window, because the rest of us most certainly are not. Sure, there are possibilities floating out there — Jack Grealish, Anthony Martial, Wilfried Zaha — but none of them seem close, and with the start of the Premier League season fast approaching it’s becoming critical to get those new signings in so they can start to mesh with their teammates and help out the squad.
The signing of key players to new contracts is super important, true. And with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, and Jan Vertonghen expected to ink new deals shortly, that does go a long way towards keeping the band together. Spurs were a pretty darn good team last season. Regardless of what happens this summer they’ll be a pretty darn good team this season, too.
However, there are known holes in the squad that could be addressed in the transfer window. Central midfield is one, as is a wide attacker slash forward who can help spell Harry Kane, especially when Son Heung-Min is off at the Asian Games. And another ball-playing central defender would be nice too, especially if Spurs sell Toby Alderweireld.
It’s nice to hear the manager state with authority that we’ll see the club actually do things in the window. However, speaking for an especially antsy fanbase, it sure would be nice if that “doing” happened sooner rather than later.