Pochettino promises end-of-the-window transfers at Spurs

Tricia Pearson
August 13, 2017

"I am reaching my peak and probably only have one more big contract left in me".

He went on urge Spurs to sign "well-known" players and added: "I know my worth and I will make sure I get what I am worth".

A day later Rose, a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, issued a full mea culpa.

'We need players who can challenge our starting XI, players who believe in themselves and think "Okay, I can challenge Dele Alli, I can challenge Harry Kane", he said.

The football punditry on Tottenham's window has ranged from aghast indignation that Spurs don't seem to be even trying to improve their squad, to proclamations that Pochettino is playing multidimensional chess by improving the squad through keeping (nearly) all of his best players and promoting from Spurs' impressive academy.

I do see them collecting all three points in a real tough encounter but there will certainly be some shaky patches during the ninety minutes. Mauricio Pochettino has done a tremendous job in North London and showed that he can manage at the highest level, but like the team, he needs to lift a trophy to cement his reputation as a world class manager.

Pochettino revealed that he plans to speak to Rose on Saturday, claiming "it will not be a problem", and is certain he will remain at White Hart Lane.

England international Rose 27 recently spoke out against Tottenham's tight pay structure
England international Rose 27 recently spoke out against Tottenham's tight pay structure

What question marks there are are rooted in a rather shocking number of injuries Spurs are dealing with as they begin the season.

Pochettino, who was speaking at a news conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener at Newcastle, took the unusual step of answering numerous questions in Spanish, asking his assistant Jesus Perez to translate. We try to win in a different way to other clubs. When Andre Gray, a striker with nine Premier League goals to his name, is now earning £70,000 a week at Watford - more than several of the Spurs team that finished second a year ago - it is inevitable heads will turn.

If Kane is injured - like he was for chunks of last season - backup striker Vincent Jansen has not proven himself a capable replacement. Spurs are the only top-flight club yet to make a summer signing and they are relying on last season's stars to continue where they left off. The players were very calm and we were calm.

"You need to understand that Rose gave his opinion", Pochettino said.

"I've never seen him be upset about the (lack of) signings either around the players or around the training ground".

'If you look at the history of Tottenham in the last few years, we always spend at the end of the window'.

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