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Tottenham set ignominious record after transfer inactivity

Tottenham Hotspur have set an ignominious record after their transfer inactivity this summer. The Londoners are the first Premier League club not to buy a player in the transfer window.

On deadline day, they were heavily linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but they didn’t come close to matching his asking price. The England u21 international appeared happy to stay at Villa Park too.

Mauricio Pochettino will have to work with the squad he’s got, which is brimming with talent, but Spurs could struggle this season. Their competitors have all strengthen in the summer and could leave the Lilywhites behind.

Back in May, Pochettino told Tottenham owner Daniel Levy that he “needs to take risks” if he truly wants to win a major honour, saying: “If we want to be real contenders for big, big trophies, we need to review a little. First of all, I need to speak with Daniel, then we will know what we are going to do.

“I think it’s a moment the club needs to take risks and if possible work harder than the previous season to be competitive again.” Pochettino has since been forced to change his stance, calling Levy’s actions “brave”. Citing the new stadium as part of the reason why spending has been stemmed, the Spurs boss believes keeping their best players amounts to a victory in the transfer window.

“Maybe (no summer transfers) looks bad because of the perception. That is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It is a brave decision. What the club is doing is showing it is brave. Building a new training ground, finishing the lodge – it was a massive investment. Building a stadium that is nearly £1 billion.

“Of course, maybe in the mind of everyone they will say ‘oh Tottenham did not sign anyone’ but to sign for the sake of signing? It is better to keep your best players”. Tottenham haven’t had the worst summer. Toby Alderweireld stayed for another season, Harry Kane signed a new deal and Pochettino committed his future for the long-term too.

Spurs have finished in the top-three of the Premier League in each of the last three seasons – 70 points in 2015/16, 86 points in 2016/17 and 77 points in 2017/18. They risk losing ground on the competition by not strengthening, but Tottenham have shown they’re no slouches.

They’ll be hoping for a bright start to the season to remind supporters that they’re still a strong outfit, regardless of recruitment.

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Pochettino admits Tottenham may not make a summer signing

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted the London outfit might not make a summer signing before the transfer window closes. Spurs are known for leaving their transfer business late under chairman Daniel Levy, but there has been a real lack of progress on the recruitment front, drawing the ire from supporters. Pochettino was forced to bear the bad news to fans.

“Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don’t know. I don’t know if we are going to sign 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. We’re working,” he said.

“It’s true that it’s so close, the transfer window is so close, but the club’s doing everything to help the team and add some players, more quality, and try to help us in the season to achieve what we want.”

The 46-year-old is also frustrated with the decision to bring transfer deadline day forward a number of weeks. Clubs voted 17-3 to move the summer transfer window from the end of August to Thursday, August 9 instead, days before the new season starts.

He said: “If you compare with Europe I think you are in complete disadvantage and sure it does not help the clubs in the Premier League. We are all in the same situation in England. It’s clear that today I don’t know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision.

“Personally, I think it’s not right. I think it’s right if you agree with all of Europe and all the different countries. In that situation I think it didn’t help or it’s not going to help the Premier League clubs or the clubs in England to have the same possibility to another contender.

 “We are going to compete in the Champions League and to have 20 days less is I think not a thing that is going to help us. But it wasn’t my decision. I never gave my opinion on that.”

Tottenham have yet to make a signing in this window and they’re running out of time. The Lilywhites finished third in the Premier League last season, four points adrift of second-placed Manchester United.

They’ve secured new deals for Pochettino and England centre-forward Harry Kane among others, so this summer hasn’t been an entire waste for Tottenham. There just isn’t anyone popping up on their radar that will improve the squad, and the club will be keen to avoid the panic-buy situation that led to them overpaying for ex-Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Tottenham have a strong squad and look to have held onto key players who had uncertain futures -Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and Kane – so this summer could have been worse. They have nine more days to try and get a deal over the line.