Tottenham Hotspur have not added any new signings to their squad, which is a very bold call from the board and the manager. Pochettino said they had to be brave in the transfer window, but maybe this is the sort of brave he was talking about – who knows? Either way, it does mean several things which I think should be pointed out.
Spurs have a very good squad. That is obvious. But what is also obvious is that if you don’t strengthen and everyone else does, then that means you will inevitably start to fall behind your rivals, and in Spurs’ case, that means those challenging for the title.
A few seasons ago, Arsenal only brought in one goalkeeper (then-Chelsea stopper Petr Cech) and no outfield players, and it didn’t work for them. They struggled that season and since then have arguably been one step behind all the other teams since. Will that happen to Spurs? Well, no, I don’t think so, because Arsenal’s squad then is worse than Spurs’ current squad, but if the team in white want to compete on four fronts this season without adding even one or two, then good luck to them. Manchester City tried that last season after adding all the players they did bring in, and still couldn’t do it. Will Pochettino target the Champions League and Premier League, and not so much the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup? I can’t see Spurs having an easy season, and to be brutally honest, if they get a few long-term or even short-term injuries in bad areas of the squad, then they could be in for a difficult time.
There are lots of questions over this decision by Tottenham, but ultimately the proof is in the pudding, and we will have to see how they do when the Premier League and Champions League start up again. I could be entirely wrong, and they have it all worked out. But it will be interesting to keep an eye on, whatever happens.