Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Tottenham must start to “take risks” in the transfer market in order to challenge for major trophies.
Spurs have spent considerably less than their ‘big six’ rivals in the Premier League since Pochettino took over in the summer of 2014. Last summer, no new signings were brought in at all.
January arrivals aren’t expected, although the Londoners continue to be linked with a number of players including Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen.
In his press conference ahead of Tottenham’s EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea, Pochettino revealed his stance on the club’s current transfer strategy.
“I need to be honest. I want to win the Premier League. The players and Jesus [Perez, assistant manager] want to win the Premier League or Champions League or a trophy,” he said (via the London Evening Standard).
“But if we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way. At the moment we operate in the same way as we operated five years ago when we arrived. Of course, maybe we can win some titles but it’s going to be a tough job because in that situation every club in the last five years was improving a lot.
“The other day I saw a stat about how teams were spending in Europe in the last 10 years and I think we were on the bottom – in England and Europe! Of course we’re doing a fantastic job but if we want to be real contenders we need to operate in a different way in the future.
“At the moment it’s fantastic – so far so good – but we’ll see if it’s enough to challenge and be consistent in the next five years operating in this way, if we’re capable to fight with the big sides in the same way that we’ve fought in the last four or five years.”
The lack of spending has been a source of frustration for Spurs fans, particularly with their side sitting third in the Premier League, knowing some investment may have turned the current team into genuine title contenders.
Central midfield has been a significant issue, with Mousa Dembele expected to leave because of his contract situation and Victor Wanyama struggling with injuries.
If Tottenham do move for a new player this month, it will probably be a central midfielder.