The Lilywhites have a host of players with huge potential but their first-team has not yet been improved.
Recent reports – by the likes of the Guardian – have suggested that Tottenham Hotspur are close to signing Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, but is he the calibre of player they should be targeting?
Spurs enjoyed an excellent season last term and qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2010, yet their business so far this summer has not necessarily reflected that.
The signings of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen are excellent for squad depth and will allow manager Mauricio Pochettino to rotate more effectively but it is unlikely that either player usurps their competition – Eric Dier and Harry Kane – for a starting role.
N’Koudou is another who, while undoubtedly showcasing bags of potential, remains unproven and there is no guarantee he will fare any better than the likes of Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Min Son before him.
Spurs fans might have been forgiven for thinking that a return to the Champions League would result in a marquee signing and with Mario Gotze linked recently – by the Daily Mail – it seemed like that signing could materialise.
That move appears dead in the water with the German star set for a return to Dortmund, according to the Guardian, and it seems unlikely Tottenham will be active in the market for any high profile deals.
There of course is a financial reality which prevents the Lilywhites from competing with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea for top talent, but with their Premier League rivals all strengthening considerably this summer there may have been an expectation that Spurs would push the boat out a little.
Pochettino has worked wonders in his time at White Hart Lane however, and he firmly has the backing of the support.
It is likely that the Argentine prioritises squad harmony over high-profile signings and after Tottenham’s development over the last two years few could argue with his approach.
Yet an underwhelming feeling could linger on into the new season should Spurs call it a day after N’Koudou’s arrival.
Qualifying for the Champions League comes with the expectation of a seat at football’s high table but failure to seriously improve their first-team this summer could mean Spurs get left behind once again.