A predicted Tottenham second XI; clear signs of improvement already

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and their players look dejected after defeat

Spurs have been quick to bolster their squad this summer.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

The captures of Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama have represented a great start to the transfer window for Spurs and the steady progression since Mauricio Pochettino arrived shows no sign of slowing.

As the transfer window loomed, it was clear where Spurs needed to focus their attention – defensive midfield and up front. By July 12th they have addressed both of those issues in emphatic fashion and now have a much more well rounded and more easily rotatable squad.

Below is a prediction of how Tottenham’s second team could look next season, based on the current squad, and the improvement is clear to see.

Two signings have effectively allowed Mauricio Pochettino to rotate his whole team (minus Eric Dier who falls back into defence) and still field specialists in every position.

A system as specific as Pochettino’s requires every player to carry out their instructions perfectly and last season it was sometimes a case of square pegs in round holes when changes were enforced.

Vincent Janssen scores the first goal for the Netherlands from the penalty spotVincent Janssen scores for the Netherlands from the penalty spot

The most obvious example was the lack of a true defensive midfielder whenever Dier was absent, with the likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and even Mousa Dembele not suited to a holding role.

Wanyama’s arrival means Spurs should always be able to play a natural holding midfielder – barring a disaster - and that is critical in a system where attacking full-backs can leave the defence exposed.

Manchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Southampton's Victor WanyamaManchester City's Samir Nasri in action with Victor Wanyama

Janssen meanwhile, allows Pochettino the luxury of resting Harry Kane without having to make do with Heung-Min Son and Nacer Chadli masquerading as strikers.

The outlook is rosy at White Hart Lane right now and with the squad’s two main gaps filled before the first pre-season friendly kicks off, it looks like being a rare summer of tranquility for Tottenham.

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