The statistic which makes sense of Tottenham's summer signings

Pochettino

There is a single stat which could explain Tottenham Hotspur's summer transfer business.

The lingering question on the lips of many Tottenham Hotspur fans will still be why the club didn’t bring in a striker during the summer transfer window.

However, there was a major problem with the Tottenham side last season and Mauricio Pochettino has shown through his summer signings that he doesn’t want a repeat of that issue.

  Error Lead To GoalPlayed
Tottenham Hotspur 21 38
Liverpool 13 38
Norwich City 11 38
Southampton 11 38
Manchester City 11 38

Spurs made more errors, which led to goals last season than any other team by some distance.

Not all of those mistakes came from the back four but the boss is obviously keen to bulk up the defence to prevent the side from conceding needless goals over the course of this season.

Danny Rose is a perfectly good left-back but his unavailability last time round showed the lack of depth Spurs had in that position.

That’s been addressed through the summer arrival of Ben Davies from Swansea City, who provides balance and consistency in both defence and going forward.

Pochettino injected versatility in the form of Eric Dier, a youngster who developed a big reputation for himself at Sporting Lisbon.

The Portuguese side didn’t want to let him leave but he’s come in and seems to be relishing the challenge of Premier League football, instantly making himself popular with Spurs fans after scoring the winner against West Ham in the opening game.

Two very solid and young signings, which led to the arrival of a very experienced and top quality centre-back in the form of Federico Fazio as Michael Dawson headed off to Hull City.

Fazio will help the side to retain organisation and leadership in the back four, which should help to prevent panic from developing which leads to individual errors and goals being conceded.

Add Benji Stambouli to the mix, sitting in front of the back four and protecting that defence and Spurs stand a great chance of having a solid defensive unit this season, which has so far conceded fewer goals than Chelsea.

Spurs conceded more goals than any other team in the top eight last season so while there is a hunger for more attacking talent at one of the Premier League’s most exciting clubs, keeping clean sheets more consistently will aid Spurs in their pursuit of a top four place.

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