It follows the arrival of centre-back Kevin Wimmer from FC Koln last month and suggests a new focus and cohesion behind the scenes. Both are young, hard working players with plenty of potential who will be expected to buy into Pochettino’s philosophy.
It has all the hallmarks of Paul Mitchell’s influence. Spurs’ Head of Recruitment joined from Southampton last November and has quickly worked towards identifying targets. The Football League Young Player of the Year, Dele Alli, was the first addition back in January and the latest signings add to Spurs’ young, hungry core.
The approach has changed since Spurs had their fingers burnt following the misuse of a large chunk of the ‘Bale money’. Pochettino is focused on trimming a bloated squad, as revealed by Christian Eriksen in a recent interview with Borsten.dk, and is opting for quality over quantity.
For all of Spurs’ depth, the ‘second-string’ side was a huge drop off in terms of ability and many players had fallen out of favour with the manager come mid-season. The result was a lack of rotation and Spurs’ form dipped as players tired towards the season’s end.
Pochettino has focused on problem areas in a bid to create a competitive squad. Left-back had been a problem at Spurs for a number of years, but the signing of Ben Davies last summer pushed Danny Rose onto new heights and provided solid cover.
The same will be expected of Trippier and there’s every chance the impressive full-back could clinch a first-team spot over the inconsistent Kyle Walker. The full-back signings mean Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen shouldn’t have to play out of position any longer and Wimmer’s arrival should relieve Spurs fans of Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul's erratic displays.
If Spurs can shift some of the deadwood and add a couple of shrewd acquisitions further up the field, Pochettino’s vision for his squad will begin to take shape. Support for Harry Kane is vital with neither Emmanuel Adebayor nor Roberto Soldado up to the task, and an additional wide forward to provide competition for Nacer Chadli and a more consistent alternative to Andros Townsend would also be welcome.
With Pochettino and Mitchell collaborating on targets and Daniel Levy pushing the deals through early, Spurs just may have found the recipe for success in the transfer market.