Following Spurs’ season finale against Leicester City, Mauricio Pochettino came out calling for Tottenham Hotspur to be brave this summer – a statement which sounded very much like a cry for investment in the transfer window.
The Argentine manager today signed a new contract with the North London outfit committing his future to the club until 2023 – a deal which was partly signed on the basis that he would be backed in the transfer window.
Pochettino is keen for transfer business to be concluded swiftly along with key targets being acquired – two factors which have seemingly held Spurs back over recent summers with business being completed late and alternative targets signed instead.
The 46-year-old has now seemingly won over the trust of chairman Daniel Levy who is now expected to back his manager in the transfer window as he attempts to take his project to the next level.
Taking Tottenham to the top
Three consecutive top-three finishes, two cup finals and one Champions League last-16; it is clear that Spurs have hit a ceiling under Pochettino, however, although this may be a great success considering where they have come from the Argentine wants to take the club higher.
With both Manchester clubs spending eye-watering sums of money on transfer targets, Liverpool shelling out a world record fee on a defender and both Arsenal and Chelsea signing multiple £50m stars – reaching the top in the Premier League with an even net spend is becoming mission impossible.
The need for investment comes at an awkward time for Tottenham with the need for expenditure to be kept at a minimum with the club currently constructing a new stadium on Tottenham High Road with costs now exceeding a reported £1bn.
However, Pochettino is not Tottenham’s puppet, he is in high demand and Spurs know full well that keeping the former Southampton boss at all costs was vital in order to deliver attractive football at their new stadium.
Now, with the news of the new contract, Levy has seemingly convinced Pochettino that his project will be allowed to continue to grow at Tottenham, with London.Football reporting that Pochettino is expected to be backed heavily by the chairman in the transfer window this summer.
Tottenham’s transfer targets
Mauricio Pochettino has set his sights on a centre-back, a left-back, a central midfielder and another forward to play behind Harry Kane this summer, according to Sky Sports.
Key targets appear to be Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt.
Pochettino is looking on overhauling his squad this summer with Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko and Fernando Llorente expected to depart.