Although Tottenham may not have added any new faces over the summer, fans in North London will be glad to see another key man extending his stay.
Earlier in the week, it was announced midfielder Dele Alli had signed a new long-term contract with the club.
Set to earn £150,000 a week on his new six-year deal, the England international has explained one of the biggest factors in his decision to stay with Tottenham.
Gaining an assist upon his return to first-team action in Wednesday’s 3-1 EFL Cup victory over West Ham, the midfielder had nothing but praise for Mauricio Pochettino.
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Alli praises Poch
Speaking about his new contract, Alli announced that Spurs’ Argentinian boss played a huge part in his decision.
“He’s a massive part of wanting to be at this club.
“The fans are amazing, the chairman, everyone, the whole club is amazing. But as players, you work with the gaffer, you want to have a good relationship with the manager and we all feel like we’ve got that here.
“We all love the way we work and the style of play. We all want to be a part of it. He’s done a lot for me and hopefully he can keep helping me to improve.
“He’s a very nice guy but at the same time, he can’t be too nice. Everyone has got a lot of respect for him. You don’t want to get on his bad side.
“The new stadium played a little part but not a massive part [in my decision to sign a new deal]. The stadium and the training ground are great but you can have all that and still not improve as a player.
“As a young professional, I had to think about what is best for my career and where I can improve. It’s not all about winning trophies for me yet at my age. I want to keep improving and trying to become the best player I can be. I’m at a great place to do that.
“Some of the players have also signed — I think you can see that we all want to be a part of this journey together. We all want to achieve something great. As young players as well, we want to keep improving and this is a great place to do that. The feeling around the place is positive.”
Tottenham’s need for silverware
While Spurs have undoubtedly shown plenty of improvements since Pochettino arrived in 2014, Tottenham are still yet to secure their first piece of silverware.
Now failing to win any of their opening three Champions League matches, escaping Group B looks incredibly unlikely.
However, while fans in North London might be desperate for a title, Alli is taking a far more relaxed approach.
Spurs haven’t won a trophy since 2008.
But Dele Alli isn’t too concerned… pic.twitter.com/89r1y4DAWA
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With the EFL Cup a real opportunity to gain their first piece of silverware, Spurs will now face bitter-rivals Arsenal in the quarter-finals.
Alli also discussed this month’s London derby and also insisted that while they aren’t rushing things, Tottenham are on course for a title down the line.
“It’s a big game, for the fans as well. Whoever comes in our way we have to be ready. It’s Arsenal and we have to prepare like we would any other game.
“Do I believe we can win a trophy? Of course. We put in a lot of hard work together as a team. We want trophies, not only for us but for the fans.”