For more than twelve months Tottenham fans have been waiting, in most cases impatiently, for a new signing to walk through the doors at their Hotspur Way training ground. And then just like London buses, two come at once.
Being one of the bigger Premier League clubs, Spurs are constantly linked with players across the world, but Daniel Levy’s chequebook has been under lock and key until very recently. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs finished inside the top 4 and reached the Champions League final last season seen by many as an impressive performance given the constant delays in their return to the New White Hart Lane and a much smaller squad than their rivals.
Pochettino had intimated that without fresh impetus into a squad suffering a lack of depth and tired players from the previous summer’s World Cup exploits then there would be a real danger Spurs would start to take a step backwards and into the group of teams cluttered underneath those Champions League places and then lose the momentum the club currently had in abundance.
To some it appeared to almost be a ‘back me or possibly lose me’ situation Pochettino was putting towards Levy. And in response to that Levy has delivered already from his manager’s shopping list with the coveted signing of midfield powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele for a club record fee. Jack Clarke a few days earlier actually broke the duck, but the signing of Ndombele will be seen across the Premier League that Spurs mean business this year.
There are still many rumours across the back pages and social media of more acquisitions heading Poch’s way, notably Giovani Lo Celso, Dani Ceballos and Ryan Sessegnon high on the wish list. Should Spurs secure all three targets there’s no reason why they can’t challenge on all fronts next season. They know they can’t afford to lose as many games in the league this time around if they want to cut down the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
So far, no offers have materialised for either Christen Eriksen nor Toby Alderweireld and both will be expected to start the season in a Tottenham shirt, there is some uncertainty as to whether full backs Kieran Tripper, Danny Rose and Serge Aurier will find pastures new before the end of the transfer window in August, but if they do rest assured Pochettino already has plans in place.
Having had three months to acclimatise to their new stadium, Spurs will expect to make it a fortress as White Hart Lane was in their final season before it’s demolition, and with the likes of Ben Davies and Harry Winks signing new contracts this week, things are looking increasingly good for Spurs as they embark on their pre-season sessions.
Written by Trevor Knell
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