Pochettino explains why Tottenham aren't interested in making Shaqiri-like signings

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has praised Stoke City's new signing but is happy with his own club's transfer 'philosophy.'

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes Stoke have signed a 'very good player' in Xherdan Shaqiri, according to Sky Sports.

But the Argentine feels Stoke's 'high activity' and level of investment is a philosophy that doesn't quite suit the north London side at this moment in time.

Indeed, the Tottenham boss says he is happy with the way his team are operating in the transfer market, despite reserving praise for the Potters.

Pochettino told reporters: "I think their activity was high and they invested a lot of money.

"The last signing was Shaqiri, a very good player, but every club has their philosophy and for us, I'm very happy with the way that we work."

Pochettino isn't the only Premier League manager guilty of this, of course, but the Argentine's over-use of the word 'philosophy' doesn't necessarily enhance his reputation as much as he may think it does!

The Spurs coach's message is clear, though. Whether it's truly how he feels, the 43-year-old is at least publicly backing Tottenham's shrewd approach in the transfer market. It's something that could never be any other way under Daniel Levy.

The north London side will need new attacking reinforcements soon but, based on Pochettino's comments, they certainly won't be paying over the odds for any new recruits, while reports have in the past suggested Tottenham are unwilling to sign any player over the age of 27 and unable to fit into the coach's specific tactical system.

They host Stoke at 3pm British Time on Saturday afternoon.

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