Mauricio Pochettino could transform Tottenham before he spends a single penny in the transfer market.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino could transform the club before he even spends a singly penny in the transfer market.
A report from the Daily Telegraph has suggested that Pochettino will work his players ragged as he looks to transform the fitness of his new players, with one joke in particular attached to the boss likely to cause some anxiety around White Hart Lane.
“Southampton players joked of needing three lungs to work for Pochettino and claimed to be so tired after training that they spent the rest of their days sleeping,” reports the Telegraph.
Raising the standard of fitness levels at Tottenham cannot be considered a negative thing but Pochettino has to be careful in the way he goes about his business.
Tottenham will have a higher ratio of matches next season than he experienced at Southampton and while he may want every single session to be an intense physical workout, he won’t always be granted that luxury.
There will be occasions next season where Tottenham slip back into their Thursday and Sunday match routine, with the FA Cup and League Cup providing few letups in the way of an intense fixture schedule.
So how does Pochettino balance his willingness to create a hard physical training regime against the dangers of overkill and injury?
It should just be a case for the Argentine of picking and choosing when he starts those intense training sessions against the need to ease off, allowing players rest periods before other big games.
Fortunately for Tottenham, the club has a big first team squad and a solid academy, which will allow the head coach to rotate his players, granting those rests when they are needed and maintaining a good fitness level for the youngest of his fringe players.
The same Telegraph report also suggests that he has £50 million available to improve key areas of the squad, which will give him more options in areas he thinks Tottenham are weak and need extra bodies.
Some players will be wary of an intense physical schedule because Spurs have more games to play, but others will see it as something positive and an opportunity to impress the new manager.