Spurs’ transfer inactivity a worry for fans

Spurs’ transfer inactivity a worry for fans

If you are a Spurs fan, do not hold your breath; the subdued summer transfer period – which shuts close on 9th August – has not been made any better following club manager, Mauricio Pochettino’s concession to possibly starting off the new season without any new faces.

“I don’t know if we are going to sign (anyone) or not. We’re working on that. I cannot tell you if we’re going to sign one, zero or two or three or four.”

The lack of transfer activities at the London club comes as a blow to a side hoping to build on the on-field transformation they have undergone in recent seasons.

In May, the Argentinian manager sought assurances over the next phase of his development plan for the club. And Poch categorically stated, “You need to be brave… In this type of situation, being brave is important and you need to take risks. It is the moment in which the club needs to take risks.”

“I have a very clear idea of what we need to do. I don’t know if the club will agree with me or not… It is not in my hands. It is not my decision to be here or not, it depends on my boss,” he further added.

Fans are beginning to ponder; is the salient silence being exercised by Spurs’ hierarchy indicative of a difference in visions? Does it reflect the economic landscape of a club that is coming off a heavy investment in a new stadium? Will Spurs continue their upward trajectory? Is this the beginning of the end of what has been arguably one of the club’s golden years in recent memory?

While Spurs have been dormant, other clubs around them have moved to considerably strengthen, adding quality and depth to squads already brimming with talent and a galaxy of stars.

Manchester City have brought in Moroccan winger, Riyad Mahrez and the lesser-known 21 year-old centre-back, Philippe Sandler. Manchester United ushered in through their doors Brazilian midfielder, Fred, right-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper, Lee Grant. Liverpool also added to their arsenal, securing the services of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, as well as midfielders, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri.

While Chelsea welcomed Brazilian, Jorginho as well as Englishman, Rob Green (on a free transfer), Arsenal opened their purse to uncharacteristically splurge over the summer, brilliantly negotiating the signings of defensive midfielder – Lucas Torreira, central midfielder – Mattéo Guendouzi, right-back – Stephan Lichtsteiner (on a free-transfer), centre-back, Sokratis and goalkeeper – Bernd Leno.

Meanwhile, the only activity at the white side of North London has been return from loan of want away centre-forward, Dutchman Vincent Janssen.

With Kenyan, Victor Wanyama, doubtful for the season opener against Newcastle owing to a recurrent knee injury and South Korean star, Son Heung-min, away at the Asian Games, Spurs will have to do with the players at their disposal in their mammoth bid to challenge for the title. And as of now, they have the same players at their disposal as they did last season to achieve the titanic feat.

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