Friday 16 November 2018

Pochettino: We may not sign anyone before new season

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo:Denis Poroy/Reuters
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photo:Denis Poroy/Reuters

Jack de Menezes

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Tottenham may head into the new Premier League season without any new signings.

The Spurs boss believes that the Premier League has put itself at a massive disadvantage by choosing to close the transfer window earlier than the rest of Europe.

And, with Spurs yet to sign anyone this summer, they seem certain to begin the new campaign against Newcastle with an understrength squad, given that their nine World Cup semi-finalists - featuring the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen - are yet to resume training.

Having been strongly linked with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, as well as Valencia's Geoffrey Kondogbia, Spurs may yet bring in reinforcements as they look to mount a serious Premier League title bid.

However, Pochettino has cast doubt on the prospect of signing anyone before next Thursday's 5.0 deadline, raising fears that the club will fail to build on last season's fourth-place finish.

Working

"Last season I told you some numbers, but this season we don't know," Pochettino revealed ahead of Spurs' final pre-season game of their US tour against AC Milan.

"I don't know if we are going to sign or not. We're working on that.

"I cannot tell you if we're going to sign one, zero or two or three or four. We're working."

The Argentinian believes part of the problem that English clubs are experiencing stems from closing the transfer window earlier than usual, particularly after the World Cup.

Premier League clubs voted 17-3 in favour of shutting the window before the start of the season, but only Serie A followed suit and Italy's opening weekend comes a week later than the Premier League, giving them more time to get deals over the line.

"We are going to compete in the Champions League and to have 20 days less for transfers," added Pochettino.

"That is not going to help us, but it wasn't my decision. I never gave my opinion on that." (© Independent News Service.)

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