Pochettino admits transfer mistake, explains Spurs' caution over new signings; Berahino impact?

Pochettino

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is willing to take his time to find new signings.

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Four Four Two that his mistake over signing Pablo Osvaldo at Southampton is impacting his plans at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino snapped up Italian international striker Osvaldo during his time in charge at Southampton, having worked together with superb results at Espanyol in La Liga.

However, whilst the first spell together was excellent, the second certainly wasn't, as whilst he scored just three goals in 13 games, the big issue was his attitude.

As reported by The Mirror in January 2014, Osvaldo was involved in a major training ground spat with club captain Jose Fonte, and was immediately transfer listed.

Now, Pochettino is at Spurs and is once again on the lookout for a new striker, but admitted that his experience with Osvaldo is having an impact on his plans.

Speaking to Four Four Two, Pochettino says he can't afford to risk making any signings that upset the harmony of the Tottenham squad, and won't make the same mistake he made with Osvaldo.

"Any managers or people in football who say they have never made a mistake are big liars," Pochettino said. "Looking back, it was a mistake. Osvaldo recognised it was a big mistake for him to come and for us to sign him. You know the problems, what happened with Jose Fonte."

"We took the decision to pull him out of the changing room because I have to have discipline. His behaviour was unacceptable and for that we were very strong with him. The problem is if you bring in a player who is normal but not a good guy. For what? We don't want to bring in players for the sake of it. They have to have the right profile," he added.

Intriguingly, the striker linked heavily with a move to Spurs - as noted by the London Evening Standard - is Saido Berahino, who was slammed in that article by West Brom manager Tony Pulis for his poor attitude, and whilst it wasn't revealed just what Berahino had done, it was clear that there had been something going on between the two.

With noted attitude problems with Berahino, it will now be interesting to see whether Spurs do make a move for the 22-year-old forward this month, given that Pochettino is openly concerned about adding bad influences to his squad.

Should Spurs still pursue Berahino this month?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch