Tottenham Hotspur first team coach Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on the idea that Spurs will be active in the winter transfer window when it opens in January. The Spurs boss is happy with his squad, and he said as much in quotes as reported by Sky's Spurs beat writer Lyall Thomas.
"There will not be too much in January, or maybe we don't sign any players. It's not a pressure for me to sign players. We share the responsibility within the club, with the chairman and the head of recruitment.
If we have the possibility to improve it, be sure, if we can, we will sign the player. We work very hard for that.
But now is the moment that there is a lot of rumour and people should know we are very happy with the squad we have."
Despite the media practically expecting Spurs to go after a striker in January, the most obvious moves seem to be outgoing. Andros Townsend in particular seems to be heading towards a January exit, either permanently or on loan, and the disappearance of Federico Fazio seems to mirror that of former captain Younes Kaboul. It wouldn't shock anyone to see the both depart next month.
If Spurs were to buy this summer, the obvious needs are a true backup to Harry Kane, and possibly an additional center back if the club does decide to move on Fazio. That doesn't discount some heretofore unknown moves for targets of opportunity, like what Spurs did last January in the signing of Dele Alli.
However, these comments and other similar ones from the past months suggest that Pochettino doesn't expect the club to buy for the sake of buying players. Equally important to Poche is the team balance and squad harmony, and he seems to be very happy with the way things are going right now.
This sentiment is mirrored in two recent tweets from Rob MacKenzie, Spurs' Head of Player Identification, where he talks about the importance of character when scouting potential players.
Fascinating to reflect on recent trips & think how valuable yet increasingly infrequent values of humility & a strong work ethic have become— Rob Mackenzie (@MacRob85) December 7, 2015
As players' personalities evolve its more vital than ever to compile character profiles alongside stats profiles & live scouting #holistic— Rob Mackenzie (@MacRob85) December 7, 2015
Certainly players Saido Berahino and Gent striker Laurent Depoitre have been linked to Tottenham ever since the fall transfer window shut, and these kinds of noises certainly won't prevent Spurs from buying if they have a player they like at a price that makes sense. What seems clear at present is that Pochettino likes his team, and until he finds a player that he thinks can help the squad and do it the right way, Spurs fans shouldn't expect many – if any – new additions to the squad in January.