Grading Tottenham Hotspur's transfer window: A striker away from complete

Tottenham Hotspur will be predominantly happy with their squad after the summer transfer window closed.

Mauricio Pochettino endured a mixed transfer window for Tottenham Hotspur.

There were some good additions to the squad ahead of an important season, but the club missed out on a couple of key signings as Morgan Schneiderlin stayed at Southampton and Danny Welbeck went to local rivals Arsenal.

The boss will insist his squad is already big enough to cope in those two areas and there were also late departures for Lewis Holtby, who went to Hamburg, and Sandro, who linked up with ex-boss Harry Redknapp.

We’ve assessed Tottenham’s transfer window and graded the North Londoners.

What was needed?

A left-back was a priority for Pochettino and he took care of that position with a deal for Ben Davies of Swansea City.

Davies arrived with a background of playing football similarly to how Pochettino likes his teams to play and the deal included goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who is top quality cover for Hugo Lloris.

Pochettino also improved the centre of the back four with the addition of Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon and Federico Fazio from Sevilla. Dier has also proven he’s capable of playing down the right hand side of the defence.

What areas didn’t Mauricio Pochettino address?

An additional striker up front.

Up front the club was linked predominantly with moves for Romelu Lukaku and Danny Welbeck, but signed neither.

Pochettino seems content with a trio of Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane to choose from.

What are the strengths?

The midfield looks strong.

The fact Aaron Lennon stayed at the club gives Spurs pace out wide and strength in the middle of the team.

It will also be interesting to see who plays the holding role and whether Pochettino throws Benji Stambouli in at the deep end following his arrival from Montpellier.

Pochettino has plenty of central midfielders to choose from as well as options across his back four.

What are the weaknesses?

The squad looks light up front, which could be problematic if injuries and suspensions pile up.

Grade: B

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