With Liverpool working furiously on a deal to sign Alberto Moreno, Chelsea eyeing up on Filipe Luis and Manchester United circling Saints star Luke Shaw, Mauricio Pochettino seems to have been playing a waiting game in the war for a left-back.
Tottenham are regularly considered disadvantaged in the reports linking them with the above players, but Pochettino may have a plan and it could all unfold after the World Cup in Brazil.
It’s difficult for clubs to do deals at the moment because players are fully focused on their international commitments at the World Cup, only in a few rare examples have deals already been agreed, with paperwork to be submitted.
Pochettino’s patience could be due to his desire to go after a fellow Argentinian and someone Liverpool have been linked with as a Moreno alternative; Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon.
Rojo was part of the Argentina side which won their first game against Bosnia and the 24-year-old could become one of the most sought after left-backs in Europe following the tournament in Brazil.
The natural advantage Pochettino has is that he speaks Spanish and that allows him to communicate directly with the player, explaining why Tottenham is potentially a better move for him than a side with Champions League football.
Pochettino’s ability to develop and transform players has been demonstrated in a very short spell with Southampton and he can offer the Sporting star guaranteed first team football, with no one who can steal his first team place at Spurs.
Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan played superbly at left-back for the Reds last season while Chelsea have several options on the left with Cesar Azpilicueta and left-backs returning from loan spells.
One of the reasons that Pochettino is so popular with English fans is because of the fact he works hard and stays out of the headlines.
It could be very easy for him to get stuck in, ruffle feathers and make big, bold comments about left-backs but he’s taking the more measured approach and seems to be waiting to see who blinks first.
Don’t be at all surprised if Spurs get stuck in the second Pochettino gets the chance to talk with Rojo directly and while he’s away at the World Cup, Spurs lose nothing by playing a waiting game and avoiding a situation where they annoy the player or the people who represent him.