These two transfers prove Mauricio Pochettino has already improved Tottenham Hotspur's recruitment strategy

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has been keen to make sure the club don't overspend on new players.

Tottenham Hotspur's recruitment strategy has been heavily scrutinised in recent times, with many pointing towards the London club as an example of how not to spend money. 

The summer of 2013 is regularly cited as an example of Tottenham's poor transfer planning. When Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid, Spurs decided the best policy was to replace him with a volume of players, and they paid exorbitant prices for little quality. 

Of those additions, Christian Eriksen can be the only one considered a unqualified success, and one of the first amendments Mauricio Pochettino made after taking control at White Hart Lane a year later was to employ a new head of recruitment.

The addition of Paul Mitchell signalled that Spurs felt their transfer strategy was in need of a serious tweak, and there have already been signs that Pochettino's arrival at the club has boosted their success rate in the recruitment market.

The addition of Eric Dier, in his first summer as manager, and Dele Alli in the January transfer window may not have been the most eye-catching of signings, but the pair could end up being among the biggest bargains any Premier League side has found of late. 

With English clubs seemingly happy to part with over-inflated fees for players with any ounce of talent, Spurs have bucked the trend and the additions of Dier and Alli are hugely impressive.

Dier joined Spurs from Sporting Lisbon for a fee which the BBC valued at £4 million, and Alli arrived for £5 million MK Dons, according to the same source. It means that the pair arrived at Spurs for a combined outlay very similar to what Bournemouth paid for Tyrone Mings – as reported by the Daily Mail - or what West Bromwich Albion shelled out, according to the BBC, for James Chester.

  SeasonGoalsTotal Att AssistOutfielder BlockWon TackleDuel WonInterceptionBall RecoveryAppearancesMins Played
Eric Dier 2014-2015 2 14 11 39 146 48 101 28 2,290
Dele Alli 2015-2016 1 2 0 3 14 5 12 4 142
Eric Dier 2015-2016 1 2 6 15 36 9 12 5 437

Dier and Alli have both shown already that not only do they have the potential to shine for Spurs, but they appear to be on the right path to earn England caps aplenty as they develop.

The duo are versatile, exciting and fearless and their talent dwarfs the relatively small figures that were required to bring them to White Hart Lane.

It highlights that among all of the overspending at Spurs, there have also been some huge successes, and Pochettino can point towards the deals to bring Alli and Dier to the club as evidence that he is having a positive impact on the team's investment policy.

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