The transfer window opens in just over a weeks time. Pochettino has now had a chance to assess the squad, decide who to keep, who is surplus to requirements and where he needs to strengthen.
So what should the Spurs manager be looking for?
- 1. A quick, powerful target man
One thing that has been obvious during Pochettino’s first few months is that Adebayor and Soldado aren’t up to scratch. Harry Kane has been a revelation, adjusting immediately to Premier League football but he is young and Spurs need more than one striker.
A target man with a bit of pace would complement Kane who, though impressive as a main striker, lacks speed and is more suited to playing off someone.
At any rate, with a long Premier League campaign ahead and interest in three cups, another striker that Pochettino can trust is a necessity.
Possible target: Wilfried Bony
- 2. An authentic wide man
Spurs play better when they have someone to provide width. The opposition defence is stretched, the strikers receive better service and there is more space in the centre for the likes of Christian Eriksen to work their magic.
Chadli and Lamela have had their moments this term but both like to cut inside. Lennon did well against Hull and Everton but Pochettino obviously doesn’t think he’s the answer. We need a natural winger, preferably one with some pace (there’s that word again).
Possible target: ?
- 3. A leader in the middle
Bentaleb and Mason have been great in central midfield but on some occasions their lack of experience and lack of strength (both are fairly light of frame) has shown. In the second half against Swansea they were overrun until Demebele came on and calmed things down using his ability to hold on to the ball despite the opposition’s aggressive pressing.
Unfortunately Dembele does not have the dynamism or forward passing needed when Spurs are on top.
Despite our plethora of central midfielders, none of them have all the skills required just yet.
Possible target: Morgan Schneiderlin
- 4. A mobile centre back
Vertonghen needs a partner. Kaboul is too error prone. Chiriches too raw. Fazio looks Spurs’ best bet but his lack of mobility is a problem. Opponents have targeted him – as Burnley did on Saturday.
Pochettino’s system demands centre backs with pace.
Possible target: Virgil van Dijk
Daniel Levy has spent a lot of money but much of it has been misplaced. In the past, transfer policy seems to have been more about securing a bargain or the next big player than matching the needs on the pitch.
Of course, any new signings will probably depend on selling some of the current squad.
Pochettino now has his man in charge of recruitment, let’s see if this time round Tottenham strengthen in the key areas.
Where do you think Spurs need to strengthen? Who would you buy? Will Levy back the manager? Let me know your opinions in the comments below.