Why Tottenham's transfer policy has been perfect so far this summer

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the match

Spurs have refused to get drawn into bidding wars for players, instead carefully selecting those that will strengthen the squad.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before the matchTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy

With the summer transfer season well and truly entering the silly stage, Tottenham Hotspur are clearly one of the club's best going about their business.

Spurs have been closely linked with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Michy Batshuayi, but smartly pulled out of the running of both players when transfer fees, hugely inflated this summer with Premier League clubs flush with cash, got into the "is this value for money" zone.

Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring the first goal for NewcastleGeorginio Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring for Newcastle

Sure, the Dutchman would have been a decent signing at White Hart Lane, but few supporters would agree that a player whose form was patchy last season would be worth £10 million more than he cost to sign last summer, especially with his side being relegated.

Though many clubs around them are spending big sums of money on players that are arguably going to struggle to get in their starting lineup, Spurs have been very methodical in their chase of players, signing just Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen. The fees reportedly paid to bring in these two are at odds with some of the other figures banded around, and only indicate that Daniel Levy, Paul Mitchell and Mauricio Pochettino have done excellent work so far.

The reality for Pochettino's transfer business is that his first team is settled, and only likely to get better as it realises its potential.

Southampton's Victor Wanyama celebrates scoring their third goalVictor Wanyama celebrates after scoring

At the start of the summer, the two positions Spurs needed to address were defensive midfield and up front, and they have already brought in a proven midfielder and a promising and prolific goalscorer. Any other business the club does is opportunistic, and is unlikely to be crazy sums of money, like Liverpool are set to fork out for Wijnaldum. 

And this makes perfect sense, as Tottenham were in the unique position of not needing to make any signings to improve the starting eleven heading into the new season.

The only additions needed were to provide quality and strength in depth at the club, something that is not easy to achieve but will only become hugely significant if Spurs have the misfortune to suffer an injury crisis. The likely signing of attacking prospect Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is low risk given his age, and the fee being discussed. It is a smart gamble where the club will recoup most of their money should he fail to impress.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou at MarseilleGeorges-Kevin Nkoudou at Marseille

The back four were the joint best in the season last year, and would have been very much clear if not for the final day defeat to Newcastle. Belgian centre backs Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld were a big reason for that, while Danny Rose and Kyle Walker had their best seasons at the club. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is one of the best in the league. Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli were also one of the league's best in the positions, while both Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are vital to the way Pochettino wants to play. And finally, Harry Kane is the club's talisman and reigning Golden Boot winner.

There is no opportunity of improving that starting eleven without smashing the club's transfer record, and the reality is, with the youngest squad in the Premier League, the club doesn't really need to.

Tottenham's Harry Kane during the warm up before the matchTottenham warm up before a match

What Spurs did need to consider this summer, was putting together, either via transfers or training, a viable plan B. Rival teams will be even more aware of Pochettino's style of football, with many sitting back and defending en masse. The Argentine has to find a method of of breaking down such defences, while also developing a bit when it comes to putting games to bed, neither of which will be easy to achieve.

But while the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United look to spend millions improving their side, Spurs can be safe in the knowledge that their first choice side are a match for anyone.

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