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Pochettino hints at player departures before end of the month

No details but strong suggestions that there are players on their way out of north London.

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In his weekly press conference today, Mauricio Pochettino spent most of his time talking about the delay of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and less time talking about Fulham, Spurs’ opponent on Saturday.

One of the other not-Fulham topics that he addressed in detail is the possibility that Spurs’ transfer window may not be fully complete after all. No more players will be coming in since the English window has closed, but there’s still every chance that players such as Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, and Toby Alderweireld could still depart, either on loan or permanently. The transfer windows for most European leagues remain open until the end of August.

When asked about outgoing players, this is what Pochettino had to say:

“We are going to see if some players can believe they achieve their goals at another club maybe they are going to move. Some player maybe they want to move but they don’t have an offer. Maybe some player receives an offer but they don’t want to move. There are plenty of situations that can happen in football, but I am focused to work with them today, if tomorrow the situation changes for everyone we are going to adapt. But for me they are players I am going to work with until January but if they change their mind and they are working with their people to try and get an opportunity, I am open and then it is Daniel Levy who will make the final decision.”

There’s a bit to unpack there. Some players want out but don’t have a club that’s interested. Others maybe wanted a move but weren’t happy with the offers. We don’t really know who’s in what category, though we can guess.

GK N’Koudou is one that is likely to leave, and he’s already been linked with a season-long loan to Mainz in the Bundesliga. Pochettino took some time to address N’Koudou’s situation specifically.

“[Everyone is] part of the squad and the club, like I explained last week, every player has different goals, targets, motivation and reality. GK is part of the group, but like last season, he was on loan at Burnley, and maybe now he’s young, tries to play more, maybe he will have the possibility to play and be guaranteed to play more than here.

”We’re working, it’s still open in Europe, the transfer window and many things can happen. I don’t believe there will be too much movement because we cannot sign [incoming players], but different individual thins can happen. We’re open, I’m open, and if some players are not happy because they need to play or believe they can play more in another team, or need to change the environment or need a new challenge or motivation, I told them, I am open to try to find a solution. I want people that feel happy to be involved here every day, happy to be in the place that the manager puts you.”

N’Koudou and Janssen are the two most obvious players linked with the exit door, but it could also include some players just now coming back from injury, including Josh Onomah. Onomah was said to be at one part included in the failed transfer deal for Jack Grealish, and though his injury probably derailed any immediate move he’s back in training and might be in line for another loan, if he can’t work his way into a chance with Spurs’ first team.

Nobody knows which, if any, players will find themselves on new clubs by the end of the month, but it sounds as though Spurs are working to try and make some arrangements for some of the fringe squad members. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the club makes a couple of announcements before the end of the month.