WISHFUL THINKING? Pochettino wants Spurs to do their transfer business early this summer
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wants most of the club’s summer signings to be wrapped up before the World Cup begins in June.
The Argentine says he wants Spurs to avoid targeting players solely based on their performances at the tournament and is keen to snap up his targets before their value may increase with good displays in Russia.
The north London club, who look set to qualify for Champions League football again this season, have been linked with an interest in Fulham’s 17-year-old star Ryan Sessegnon, Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha and Bordeaux’s Brazilian winger Malcom.
Tottenham have often waited until the latter stages of a transfer window to complete their business, and have completed a number of surprise signings by doing so.
But Pochettino has suggested he wants things to be different this summer as he aims to strengthen his side to challenge for silverware.
“It is so dangerous to go and scout players in the World Cup because if a player is good, how after are you going to sign him?” Pochettino said.
“Sometimes you need to anticipate, ‘OK, this player can be good for us’ and then he goes to the World Cup but you need to sign before it starts because he is doing well and then you will have competition if they are good [at the World Cup].
“We are thinking and trying to anticipate because it will be difficult if not at the World Cup. If the performance is not good at the World Cup you are going to sign players that have not performed in the way you have expected and if you are going to sign players where the performance is so good it will be so complicated.”
Tottenham signed Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United largely because of the midfielder’s performances for France during Euro 2016, where he impressed, despite being known for his inconsistent displays for the Magpies.
Pochettino is also keen for his team to make a strong start to life at their newly constructed stadium, having initially struggled to adjust when they moved to their temporary home at Wembley.
And he believes getting their business done early and allowing the team more time to bond and get used to their new surrounding in the summer is key to continuing their upward curve.
“When you miss a few months in this competitive league it is so difficult to reduce the gap,” he added.
“We had many problems, not only with these problems but with the Wembley hoodoo. It’s not the right way for the club to start if you want to win big things.
“Now we are fourth, seven point gap from other teams [below them], we deserve credit. Next season we have a beautiful new stadium and need to make [it] home again. Maybe we need to play four games away from home and that is the stress we may add to the team [and] staff. It is not easy to focus [solely] on improving the squad.
“[Manchester] City is focusing on the next three players to add, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool the same. We are focusing on different areas, it is not easy to achieve what we want.”
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