Tottenham Hotspur To Let Pochettino Handle Transfer Dealings This Summer


Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino is going to be doing some major house cleaning when the summer transfer window opens. According to the Mirror, Tottenham have given Pochettino full control on who stays and who goes. 

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For fans, this would be great news, as they would be able to see the necessary changes needed to help vault the club to a possible top-four finish starting next season.

Using the Gareth Bale money, after the Welshman’s departure following the 2012-2013 season, Tottenham — under the structure of chairmen Daniel Levy, technical director Franco Baldini and chief scout Ian Broomfield — went out to buy seven new players.

Only one has stood out above the rest and that is Christian Eriksen. Others have mostly been hit or miss; midfielders Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela, and striker Roberto Soldado.

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Defender Vlad Chiriches plays only during emergency situations when other players are hurt, while Etienne Capoue is still missing. No one knows why he’s currently sitting on the bench, apart from not registering an impression to warrant a start among the first team.

With Pochettino getting Levy’s full support following an impressive season, by most standards in a coach’s first year, faith has now been placed to go out and handle the transfer window as he sees fit. It will be up to him and new head of recruiting Paul Mitchell, who he worked together during their Southampton days, to fix the current squad.

At the top of the list should be midfielder depth and/or reinforcements. Too many times there would be problems moving the ball from the middle third into the attacking third. Second has to be defenders; injuries to Kyle Walker and Ben Davies are proving to test the Spurs’ depth.

Having American International DeAndre Yedlin is a step forward, but he needs more time. Jan Vertonghen has played left back with the Belgium National team, but plays center back for Tottenham. Federico Fazio and Eric Dier are nice pieces, but adding more players to this position should — in theory — help by virtue of daily training which exudes competition among each other. You can only become better this way.

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There are also rumors of Hugo Lloris leaving White Hart Lane at the end of the season to pursue Champions League football, and who could blame him. He’s already one of the world’s best goalkeepers. That kind of platform allows yo to test yourself against the best of the best.

Michel Vorm is a steady presence in front of the net so getting another keeper would be wise. Despite being at the bottom of my list, striker is very important but the other positions must come first. Signing an extra striker or two to help Harry Kane will do wonders for the team. Opponents will still be marking Kane with two or three defenders but the presence of another striker up top will help mitigate that a bit to create more scoring chances.

It remains to be seen if this strategy will work during the transfer window once it opens, but that’s what next season is for. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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