The new Tottenham Hotspur manager has hinted that the club are not overly concerned about making more additions this summer.
Mauricio Pochettino has talked up his ‘unbelievable’ Tottenham Hotspur squad ahead of the new season.
In a press-conference today Pochettino, who takes charge of his first-game as Spurs manager against West Ham United on Saturday, said that he was not concerned about additions over the rest of the summer as he already had a lot of quality at his disposal.
So far, Tottenham’s transfer window has been relatively quiet, with Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, DeAndre Yedlin and Eric Dier being the side’s only additions, but Pochettino has hinted that he is not keen on having an influx of players between now and the end of the transfer window.
“It’s [signing more players] not my concern,” he said. “I think we have an unbelievable squad. Last season the club made a big investment and signed unbelievable players. The most important thing is to develop our players and to provide the best team to play on the pitch.
“We want to improve [our players], but we need to learn [about them]. Our style is always to feel the player and then to try to get the best out of them for the team and for the club - but we need to learn from them.”
Spurs brought in a host of new players last summer to compensate for the loss of Gareth Bale, but the plan failed as the majority of the additions struggled in their first season in English football.
The likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela all struggled to live up to their hefty price-tags, but Pochettino’s words will be encouraging to them that they will be given a second chance to impress at White Hart Lane.
They will need to, as well, as Spurs are desperate to break into the top four and there is a cautious optimism that the stability and innovation that Pochettino has brought to the club over the summer can get them there.
The Argentine has proven his credentials as a manager in England at Southampton – where he got the side playing some of the most aesthetically pleasing football in the division – and he will be hoping to do the same at Spurs.
His first task will be to beat West Ham United – who Spurs have lost their past three fixtures against – and he says that he’s expecting a tough test against the Hammers.
“We expect a really tough game because it’s a derby,” he said.
"This is my first season at Tottenham and the past is the past.
"We need to learn, it's true, from the past, but that [the defeats] happened last season.
“We expect a very, very aggressive team, but we are ready to compete Saturday.”