Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looks set to be a busy man in the next few weeks as he attempts to offload some of the clubs unwanted players.
The Argentinian has admitted that he has to be clinical with his offloading of players this summer.
Talking about his squad he told Sky Sports: “We have a week of hard work to go and there could be some changes. But I already have in my mind the personnel important for the game.
“We currently have 32 players so we need to be clinical in our selection.”
Last summer Tottenham brought in a large number of players, after the world-record sale of star player Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Then Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was unable to gel the new signings together and in the end it cost him his job.
A number of those new signings from last summer could be under threat of being sold before the transfer window shuts. The likes of Nacer Chadli and Robert Soldado have both been heavily linked with moves away from the club this summer.
Hopefully Pochettino will benefit from last summer’s signings now being more accustomed to life in England. Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen was the brightest of those new arrivals, while Spurs record buy Erik Lamela flopped completely, with injuries plaguing his debut season in the Premier League.
However, the Argentinian star has looked impressive in pre-season and Spurs fans may see the best of the former-Roma star in the upcoming campaign.
Last summer’s shopping spree has certainly left the club with far too many players, so a cull in the next few weeks will be needed. In fact having a smaller group of players could help Spurs be successful this season.
Tottenham are unbeaten in five pre-season games and will head in to the season in good spirits and a far smaller squad than last season. The pre-season form of Lamela in particular will have Tottenham fans hoping that their team can challenge for the top four in the coming season.
Due to the amount of summer signings last summer Pochettino was restricted in the amount of players he could sign, so as a result his club have been quiet in the transfer market this summer. The only summer arrivals have been full-back Ben Davies and keeper Michel Vorm, both from Swansea and young defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon.
There is however speculation that Spurs could be close to completing the transfer of USA and Seattle full-back DeAndre Yedlin. The north London club are also still being linked with a move for Southampton’s want away midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
However, it seems new arrivals could be based on whether Spurs can offload some of their unwanted first team players before the transfer window shuts. They certainly could afford to lose some of those first team players.
Tottenham have a strong squad of players and if they can play to the best of their ability then they can be a big threat to last season’s top four. A number of Spurs players under-performed last season and hopefully they can have more of an impact on the team this season.
The club from north London are currently sixth favourites to finish in the top four at odds of 7/2. However, on their day Spurs will give any team in the league a tough game.
Spurs boss Pochettino has not been charge at White Hart Lane for long, but he seems suited to a club whose fans like to watch team play nice, attacking football. Whether the Argentinian can shape his squad into what he wants in this transfer window remains to be seen though.
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