Tottenham first Premier League team to fail to make one summer signing

Annette Crawford
August 9, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino didn't manage to bring in any new signings this summer but the Tottenham manager expressed his delight at keeping his squad together with no key players leaving.

At a press conference hours before the transfer deadline the Argentinian all but confirmed there would be no signings, but declared himself happy with the situation and warned his players he expects them to feel the same way too.

So six of Tottenham's fringe players have been ruled out but Pochettino is also sweating on the fitness of several of his first team regulars after many returned back late to pre-season following their exploits at the World Cup.

Granted, they did well to keep defender Toby Alderweireld at the club after interest from Manchester United but if you're a Spurs fan, you must be struggling to find any sort of optimism going into the new campaign.

"It is hard to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn't sign or didn't sell players but sometimes in football you need to behave differently". That is a fantastic experience, for him to translate to our team.

Numerous key men at Spurs only returned to training on Monday after successful campaigns at the World Cup.


"Of course the circumstances are completely different from each other, and the profiles of the players are completely different".

"I am so proud, they were very focused and tried to arrive in a good condition".

In all he featured for the club on 43 occasions, finding the net seven times, and playing a part in assisting a number of other strikes. Some players will be fit to start the game, some will be fit to be on the bench. It's a massive challenge for us to try to deliver the best tools for them to get fit and then to prepare them for the whole season, not only for one, two or three games or for one month.

"We work to improve the squad but, when it is not possible, it is not possible, and we move on".

"I think I want to make clear that all are fit, but maybe we need to care for some players and not push them to compete, not take some rash decisions with some players due to their background or for different reasons that we are assessing now after Monday".

"We didn't sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is hard to add players".

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