Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino warns supporters of ‘very tough period’

first_img1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino warns fans of ‘very tough period’ Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham supporters the club’s new stadium means facing up to a lean period of spending similar to the one Arsenal have endured under Arsene Wenger.Spurs chose not to sign any senior players in the January transfer window, despite their almost complete reliance on Harry Kane up front, with only Ebbsfleet United’s 17-year-old midfielder Shilow Tracey joining the club’s academy.It continues a marked change in policy under Pochettino, who has stayed faithful to a strategy of either buying younger players with potential or promoting from within, rather than splashing large fees on higher-risk signings.Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld both arrived in the summer for a combined fee of just over £30million, but that outlay was offset by the sale of fringe players including Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.Last month Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million.Pochettino maintains he is happy with the balance of his squad, but he also points to Arsenal’s period of prudence before their new stadium was opened in 2006 and insists Tottenham must now go through a similar process.“We have in front of us a very tough period,” Pochettino said.“I hear a lot, because I read a lot, always Google translate English to Spanish, that Arsene Wenger says the most tough period of the club was in the period that we built the stadium.“And now I think that you need to know and the people need to know that this is a very tough period for us.“I think that the people are excited to see how we play and we need to be careful, because we need to arrive to the new stadium in a very good condition to try to fight for everything and try to show that we are one of the best clubs and teams in the world.”last_img

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