Mauricio Pochettino has told the London Evening Standard that Tottenham Hotspur will be trying to sign players with Premier League experience this summer.
Tottenham are expected to bring in a number of new signings over the coming months, and Pochettino wants them to be well versed in the demands of English football.
The Argentine manager feels that a grounding in the Premier League will help the fresh faces to settle quickly, and that could be crucial as Spurs look to burst out of the blocks next season and piece together a top-four challenge.
“If we can reach the players with experience of the Premier League, I think it is better because it is good when you’ve played in it,” he said. “You know the country, the competition.
“But if not, we still need to add players with the right profile for the way we want to play. It’s not just about players who play in the Premier League. We need to develop our philosophy and our game, and this is everything.”
Tottenham have previously targeted players that have caught the ey in European football, and they have seen many struggle to adapt to Premier League life.
The likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho were all brought to White Hart Lane having impressed across the world, but they have failed to make a positive impression at White Hart Lane.
It seems that Spurs have learnt from the errors of the past, though, and they will be hoping that their new approach delivers positive rewards in the summer.
If Pochettino is targeting players with Premier League experience, that would suggest that rumours crediting them with holding an interest in the likes of Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin and Everton's Kevin Mirallas, which have recently appeared in the London Evening Standard, could hold some substance.