If Tottenham Hotspur sign players in January, then they must do so wisely.
Not a single day goes by without Tottenham Hotspur being linked with players they should sign in the January transfer window.
One day it is a striker, and the next it is a midfielder. Then filters in the news that Spurs are monitoring ‘top class’ players in Belgium or Croatia.
Even Sebastian Giovinco has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane (one wonders how many people actually think that signing the Juventus attacker will be beneficial for Spurs).
Tottenham’s early-season struggles have shown that there are problems in the squad that manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to address.
But signing players in January is not going to be the solution to all problems. Whatever Spurs do in the winter transfer window, they should not make panic signings.
It is very easy to get carried away with a striker in Portugal who has scored 10 goals in five matches or a winger in Italy who has created 20 chances in three games, but what Tottenham need are proven players who can help them break into the top four of the Premier League this campaign.
If Pochettino does decide to sign players, then he must make sure that they can produce the goods in the long term and not just fizzle out after five matches.
A careful assessment of the players and what they have achieved needs to be made before money is splashed out.
Over the years Tottenham have signed many players based just on ‘reputation’ or short-term success. Doing something similar in January would be just repeating past mistakes.