Pochettino blames Brexit
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has claimed Brexit has been a key factor in their lack of transfers this summer.
Spurs of course failed to bring in a single player – and have been mocked because of it.
Now, amid questions over just why that was, the Spurs boss explained he is very happy with the club, and their long term planning involves more than just bringing players into the club.
He added that signing someone just for the sake of it isn’t something they’re willing to do.
“What the club is doing is showing it is so brave,” Sky Sports report Pochettino offered.
“Building a new training ground, finishing this summer the (player’s) lodge was a massive investment.
“Building a stadium that is nearly £1bn. That is true, don’t believe in £400m, that is the truth. Then with Brexit it’s worse because the cost is 30 per cent more. That is a drama, I feel sorry for the English people.
“For me [that] is to be brave. Of course maybe in the mind of everyone they will say, ‘Oh Tottenham didn’t sign’, but to sign for the sake of signing?
“You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players.
“That maybe looks bad because of the perception and because of the history of football, but that is our decision – to keep the best players and to keep the squad. It’s a brave decision.”
Tottenham Hotspur make history
Spurs of course made a bit of unwanted history this summer, becoming the first club since the Premier League introduced the summer transfer window back in 2003 to make zero signings.
It might be causing some of their fans a fair bit of worry, but the board and the manager seem committed to their vision, and as Pochettino has reminded many people, they managed to tie key players down to new deals as well, meaning they are looking to the future and know the likes of Harry Kane will be with them as they move forward.