Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he did not want the English transfer deadline to close earlier than the rest of Europe when the change was introduced last summer.
The Tottenham boss now wants the Premier League to switch back to the old system, when the English transfer deadline was at the same time as Europe’s other major leagues.
Spurs are at risk of losing key players by the end of the month, with Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose all being linked with the exit door. Eriksen is expected to leave to a greater degree than Alderweireld and Rose, about whom speculation has gone quiet of late.
And Pochettino believes the current situation is not good for English clubs, suggesting Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made a mistake when he and others agreed to the earlier closing date.
“I wasn’t in agreement [with the decision] but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs,” Pochettino said (via Sky Sports).
“But I think he (Levy) and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season.
“We need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.
“Champions League teams can create a problem for a team like us and it’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three weeks clubs from Europe can unsettle your team.
“For me it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly [to how it was].”
Initially the change looked like it would be good for Tottenham, who would often leave their transfer business until the last minute, thus lacking key signings for the first three or four matches of the season. But now it seems Spurs would prosper from a switch back to the norm.
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