With the initial excitement of Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment as Tottenham Hotspur manager gradually beginning to die down, Spurs fans are now hoping the club can wrap up their first summer signing.
Supporters of the North-London outfit are becoming frustrated with the club’s lack of activity in the transfer-market to date, with no incoming transfers confirmed as yet.
Spurs have been linked with making a move for Swansea City youngster Ben Davies, but are determined not to over-pay for the left-back.
Pochettino’s side have also reportedly cooled their interest in Esteban Cambiasso, after chasing the veteran midfielder for much of the summer so far.
The club are known to be determined not to make similar errors to what they did last season, when they brought in far too many players to compensate for the loss of Gareth Bale and saw all the many of the new faces struggle to adapt.
However, this prudence is proving to be the source of annoyance for many Spurs fans especially as there is a lack of high-profile names rumoured to be joining White Hart Lane.
Spurs supporters are desperate to see their side finish ahead of Arsenal, an achievement which they haven’t managed to do since 1995, and breach the top-four, but their bitter rivals are apparently ready to spend in this window.
Tottenham fans, therefore, are fearful that they could slip further behind the Gunners if they are able to confirm the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Lars Bender, who they have been rumoured with in recent times.
The feeling is that Spurs must sign a marquee name to appease some fans' concerns that there is not enough quality in their squad currently to secure a Championship League qualification place.
However, there has to be questions of whether Spurs have the pulling power, at this moment in time, to sign a true world-star. Their lack of elite level European football next season, will hurt their chances, but they also may need to prove that they are a more settled unit than they were last season, before thinking about landing a highly reputed star.
That said, the rumours that they are about to bid £20 million for Romelu Lukaku may encourage Spurs supporters that they will have a productive transfer, although it looks as if Wilfried Bony may be a more realistic target for the side.
Bony impressed in his first season at Swansea, where he bagged 16 goals in the Premier League helping him become one of the top marksmen in England.
And with Arsenal on the look-out for a striker, Spurs may land the man who would be a perfect fit at the Emirates, meaning the tables are turned somewhat.
Bony would be a great addition for Arsene Wenger's side as he would provide competition for Olivier Giroud for the starting berth up-front that was desperately lacking last season, with Nicklas Bendtner and Yayo Sanogo not possessing enough class to be a regular starter for a top-four club.
As it is, though, here is a small selection of Spurs fans’ tweets, who are envious of their neighbour’s summer spending plans.
Arsenal have agreed fees for Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez and were chasing 34 year old Cambiasso...... Another long season ahead for us #THFC— Daniel James (@danieljames83) July 6, 2014
Arsenal gonna sign Sanchez and we're haggling over a 10 mill deal for Ben Davies hahahah - Perspective! Hope we finish above West Ham #THFC— Shaun (@MoughtTHFC) July 3, 2014
How likely is it we can get a marquee signing such as Di Maria,Alexis Sanchez,Marco Reus ? Unlikely but one is needed.— #THFC #COYS (@thfc_edits) July 6, 2014
@caspertheghost1 Sanchez deal seems to be done, I think arsenal are getting stronger, spurs weaker. Still haggling on small fees.— Left Behind Spurs (@Georgaldinho) July 8, 2014
What should not be forgotten is that Tottenham do already have a lot of quality in their squad, but they will have to do a better job of optimising that potential if they are to improve on last season’s showing – where they finished sixth in the table.
Under Mauricio Pochettino they certainly have a manager who is likely to offer them more stability than Andre-Villas Boas and Tim Sherwood did, but the players must also step up the plate.
Spurs spent big on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela in last summer's transfer window, but the trio all underwhelmed and will need to prove that they were worth the large outlay.
If they do improve there is an argument to suggest that Tottenham already have the talent to breach the top four in the squad, with a lot of their players proving their class on the continent, rendering excess spending over the summer pointless, but as it is Spurs fans will demanding additions to ensure they avoid a repeat of last campaign.