West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has offered his take on Tottenham Hotspur's pre-season and feels that Mauricio Pochettino will have a team more suited to his desired playing style this season.
He said: “This year he’s made sure that 90% of his pre-season has been spent in London, on the training ground, and from what I can gather, just getting his team to play the way he wants them to play.”
The former Stoke City manager also touched on the personnel changes at White Hart Lane and how they will help Pochettino implement his methods more effectively, adding: “He’s got rid of a lot of players and brought only one or two in but they’re more mobile, they’re more athletic.
“He’s not gone for big centre-halfs, he’s gone for smaller centre-halfs who are quicker across the ground because he loves to press in certain areas… it’ll be interesting to see where they finish."
It has been another summer of change, but there is the feeling that Spurs now have a squad capable, across the board, of carrying out the manager’s instructions, and anyone unable to step up has been shown the door, or soon will be.
Pulis’ words are sure to have Spurs fans excited at the prospect of a Pochettino team that is fully his own this season, and the West Brom boss provided a taste of what that could be like, in his review of the Argentine’s Southampton side.
“What I will say is when we played Southampton two years ago - I thought they were the best coached team in the Premier League," he added.
“I thought their movement and the shape that they played was ever so difficult to control as a coach.”
It remains to be seen whether Pochettino can bring the verve and swagger of his Saints team to Tottenham, but there were enough glimpses last year to suggest that - with a tailored pre-season and upgraded personnel - the odds look good.