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Mauricio Pochettino not expecting signings in January as price drifts on top four finish



Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino not expecting chairman Daniel Lewy to bring in any players in the January transfer window despite his side’s shocking start to the season.

The Lilywhites have endured a terrible run of results with a 7-2 drubbing at the hands of reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage the biggest lowlight.

Pochettino’s outfit have also lost in a different cup competition that they were hoping to win in a bid to finally lift a meaningful trophy – the Audi Cup does not count.

They were defeated by League Two side Colchester United in the EFL Cup on penalties in what was just the third round and meaning that the FA Cup is perhaps the only competition that they can look to in order to salvage something from this season.

With four defeats in their last five games in all competitions, Pochettino will be hoping that the international break has given his players a chance to hit the reset button and go again for the remainder of the season.

Last campaign, the Argentinian manager did not make a single addition to the squad in both the summer and winter transfer windows.

He managed to take his squad into the top four of the Premier League as well as the Champions League final, which they lost to English rivals Liverpool.

However, there were some signs that Spurs were struggling somewhat as they only managed to seal Champions League qualification by a single point and lost 13 games in the league that season – more than any side in the top six.

Despite that, expectations were high for this campaign given their success last campaign as well as the fact that Daniel Lewy invested in the squad.

Standout Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, as well as Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, were brought in to add much-needed steel and dynamism to the centre of the park.

Young talents Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke were also bought but the latter was sent back on loan to the club he signed from – Leeds United.

All four of these players were signed for over £100m and were seen as improvements the squad needed and perhaps the players that can challenge for the Premier League alongside Manchester City and Liverpool.

This is also considering the fact that the only big departure was that of starting right-back Kieran Trippier who left for Atletico Madrid.

They also let go off deadwood such as Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou so the squad became more tightknit and competitive.

That being said, Spurs have dramatically failed to live up to the hype mostly due to circumstance and tactical mishaps.

Christian Eriksen has long been rumoured for a move away from North London and is currently 3/1 to join Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Defender Jan Vertonghen has also reportedly wanted out and a false rumour of a rift between the Belgian and Eriksen quickly spread which in turn affected their performance.

Manager Pochettino is also odds on favourite to become the next Manchester United and has long been touted as the replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In terms of tactical issues, new signing Ndombele has yet to get to grips with Pochettino’s system and the Spurs players have reportedly have an issue with the lack of pressing that the manager has relied on this campaign.

This concoction of issues have led to a huge issue at Spurs and caused a terrible start. However, Pochettino expects that Lewy will have enough confidence in his ability to turn the ship around and not splash the cash on players that he doesn’t want or need.

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