Pochettino comments echo Villas-Boas, but Tottenham chairman has power to solve it

Daniel Levy

Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing the transfer window and the start of the season failing to be in sync, but if Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy pushed through their business with more urgency it would be less of an issue.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has discussed the mis-alignment of the start of the Premier League season, and the end of the transfer window.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the Argentine suggested it could be an issue for the powers that be to address.

He said: "You start the season and the transfer window is still going on, the business happens in the middle.

"Maybe it is something to fix in the future but these are the rules for the Premier League. We are all on the same page."

Pragmatically, Pochettino knows there are no real grounds for complaint as the rules are the same for every team, but he is not the first Tottenham boss to bemoan the situation.

Former head coach Andre Villas-Boas told Sky News after being appointed that he wanted the transfer window to close before the season began: "We can focus on playing games, not creating news until the end of August."

Tottenham have got off to a slow start to the season, despite acting early in the transfer window to sign defenders, but have left themselves short up front.

They played the first two games of the campaign with Harry Kane as their only recognised striker, and he is so far yet to score.

This is not the first time Spurs have left themselves short at the start of the season, and the transfer window is part of it.

The issue is though that Tottenham have the power to ensure it is not a problem for them. 

While they struggled in the transfer market last year, Premier League rivals Liverpool have ensured they have all their business wrapped up coming into August by acting quickly.

This has surely been no coincidence behind them winning their opening two games, with only a few loose ends remaining in the transfer market for unwanted players.

Tottenham have once again gone into the season under prepared, and the head coaches can moan with some validity about the transfer window dates, but by now the club knows the rules - and in future years chairman Daniel Levy needs to show greater urgency, to stop them starting the season on the backfoot.

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