Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham would be in a far better position had they signed Philippe Coutinho in the summer, according to the Sun.
Spurs were linked with a host of attacking midfielders towards the end of the summer transfer window including Coutinho, Bruno Fernandes and Giovani Lo Celso. They ended up signing Lo Celso while Fernandes stayed at Sporting Lisbon and Coutinho joined Bayern Munich on loan from Barcelona.
Despite the fact Lo Celso has impressed since returning from injury, there is a feeling Tottenham should have overhauled their squad to a greater extent over the summer. And the Sun claims Pochettino is not happy with the club’s failure to sign Coutinho.
The report suggests the Spurs boss is ‘convinced the rebuild would already be well underway’ had Coutinho joined. Typically, the Brazilian was excellent in Bayern’s 7-2 thrashing of Tottenham in the Champions League.
However, back in August a story from Spain purported that Coutinho turned down Spurs because of his affection for Liverpool. If that’s true, Daniel Levy and the rest of the board can hardly be blamed for failing to get a deal over the line.