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Tottenham’s inactivity in the transfer market this summer – what’s the consequence?

Thursday 20th July 2017
While other clubs seem to be going about their business actively in the transfer market, sealing several deals fast and early – Manchester United have added Romelu Lukaku to their team, Arsenal have signed Alexandre Lacazette, while Everton have also gone splashing the cash massively, securing the services of Davy Klaasen, Wayne Rooney and Henry Onyekuru – Tottenham Hotspur stands out for their inactivity in that they have not signed any players at all.

It is a common belief in the Premier League that teams that do not improve their squad every year will lose pace with the others, but this current squad is unlikely to follow the trend.

Without a doubt, Mauricio Pochettino's squad can boast of one of the best starting sides. The league's top-scorer, Harry Kane partnered with intricate Christian Eriksen and the dynamic Dele Alli, form a formidable back line that can compete with any in the league.
The likes of Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama have abundant strength and their technical skills are better compared to other pairings, while the defence looks impenetrable most times, with Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier holding down the central park, but Spurs are now short of a man in the back-line with the sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City leaving Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier in control and that would cause no issue as Pochettino has enough replacements for the England international in the squad.

Hugo Lloris, of course, requires no introduction. He is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history books of Tottenham.

So, from the onset, Spurs will find it difficult attracting players who can improve the quality of their play – especially considering the fact that they have little to spend with the new stadium eating up a large portion of their funds. It says a lot that Manchester United new £75 million acquisition Romelu Lukaku, would have no hope of breaking into Pochettino's starting XI.

Lukaku cannot measure up to Kane, and neither can Lacazette – the two alone sums up to £120 million, signed by two top clubs and yet neither is good enough for Spurs' starting line-up.

Obviously, Arsenal and Manchester United are trying to keep up with the pace, but it also shows how the transfer market lacks players with good qualities. Bargain buys like Dele Alli are hard to come by, though Spurs stands out in that aspect in recent years – Alderweireld, Wanyama, Alli as well as Eric Dier were all signed on the cheap.

This result in a club that lends voice to young players within, so players like Harry Winks can boast of more playing time than other youth products at other clubs.

With the emergence of new talents like Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters and Marcus Edwards from the youth system at various levels, Spurs can decide to spend less, either within the league – which comes with an overrated price tag – or abroad, which comes with the risk of the player unable to settle in strange surroundings.

One must also put in consideration that some players that have already been signed by the club – like Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen – could also likely shoot to the limelight this season. Lamela has been on an injury enforced leave, while Janssen has been lacking consistency.

Spurs will have to search hard to find a striker who would be content with limited playing time. Young players would want to appear on the pitch more often - which will be difficult except Kane picks up an injury, while older players may not be able to keep up with the high-press system that Tottenham employs.

So, for now, Tottenham fans are waiting for a move from the club. Inactivity in the market is better compared to bad signings. It is important for Spurs to avoid the kind of mistake that saw them signing Moussa Sissoko on the transfer deadline day last year for £30 million. so maybe the fans will have to wait a long while to hear news of a new signing.

According to the Standard, Pochettino is planning to make an offer for Estudiantes' Juan Foyth, and £10 million deal for a young defender seems like a deal that would suit both sides. But, make no mistake; the Lilywhites may not be making any big money purchase this summer. With the club brimming with fine talents, it of vital importance that Spurs hold on to their big names.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan

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