Much has been said about Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, with some fans of the North London club happier with his achievements than others.
The former Southampton boss was always going to need time to settle in north London, to get used to the stars at his disposal, get them playing his way and most importantly bring in the players he wants.
Following comments published by the BBC, in which the Tottenham manager said of his summer transfer plans, “The final decision? I think it should be me,” surely there is only one way to fairly judge the Argentine.
With so many people involved in scouting and recruitment at White Hart Lane, most notably technical director Franco Baldini, chairman Daniel Levy and head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, where does the buck stop?
At least if Pochettino had the final say he could build the team he wanted, with the players he believed could do a job for him and play football his way.
The problem with others buying your players for you is that you then have to fit them into a system that may not be ideal for them; and too often managers are judged by their inability to achieve success with players who are put upon them rather than ones chosen by the man himself.
So yes, Pochettino does deserve another season at the club to try to build them in his image. But if we are to judge him fairly, he should also be making the final call when it comes to additions.
Otherwise, he could easily become the target for blame that actually rests at another man’s door.