Robbie Savage has said that Tottenham will do well to finish in the top six in Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge at White Hart Lane, and has criticised the calibre of players bought by the club the previous summer.
That isn’t a slight on the Argentine from the Match of the Day pundit, as he says that the top four from last season are unlikely to be any weaker and Manchester United under Louis van Gaal are tipped to improve, which demonstrates the enormity of the task for Pochettino to achieve Champions League qualification in his first season after leaving Southampton.
He was also scathing in his criticism of the signings that arrived at White Hart Lane last summer.
Savage wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “Tottenham will be doing well if they finish in the top six, especially if Everton outsmart them in the transfer market again and a couple of good loan signings prove better value than massive spending power.
“When they sold Gareth Bale, reinvested all of his world-record transfer fee and threw another £20 million at the market for good measure, we were told they had sold Elvis, but signed the Beatles as his replacement. Sorry, but what they got for their £110 million was more like The Beatles warm-up act.”
A lot has been said already about the objectives that Pochettino must achieve during his first season at White Hart Lane. Some saying it is top four or bust despite being given a five-year deal at the club.
He will have to work with a lot of the players that were bought during the previous summer, given the huge outlay from Spurs, they need their new Head Coach to at least try and make part of that investment seem worthwhile.
Savage obviously feels that the players bought weren’t good enough, and given that if Pochettino is only given one shot at the Champions League places – that being the upcoming season – then he is going to need a big chunk of luck to get there.