Gary Lineker has suggested Tottenham’s lack of activity in the transfer market gives them an advantage over the Premier League clubs that have brought in a number of players this summer.
The former Spurs striker was speaking at a Football Writers’ Association event in London on Wednesday.
In quotes published by MailOnline, Lineker said: “It is all very well when you supporters say ‘we have not made enough signings, we need three or four new players coming in’, but if you look at Spurs they are actually quite a strong team.
“It could perhaps upset the equilibrium a little bit by bringing in three or four faces, other teams that have, (like) Manchester City and Manchester United, they don’t know how they are going to adapt immediately.
“They have got the problem of knowing their best team, the best selection, the best system that suits those particular players.
“Tottenham, and (Arsenal manager) Arsene (Wenger) as well has not brought in too many players, and they might steal a march, get off to a good start because they are the teams which have familiarity amongst themselves and they know what is the best way of playing, so it is not necessarily an advantage to bring in loads of players every summer.”
He makes a good point: no new players means there isn’t anyone who needs time to settle in.
But as Kieran Trippier’s ankle problem has demonstrated, signings are needed or the squad will continue to look thin.