Gary Lineker has offered his thoughts on Tottenham’s summer transfer window.
Pundit Gary Lineker has told The Mirror that he thinks Tottenham Hotspur have had a strong summer transfer window, despite the fact that they have still yet to make a new signing.
Whilst title rivals such as Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have splashed the cash on a raft of new signings, Spurs have so far failed to bring in any new faces.
Mauricio Pochettino has only seen one key player leave the club this summer, with Kyle Walker making a big-money move to Manchester City, meaning that Spurs do need to bring in another right back to replace him.
Yet just days away from opening their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United, Tottenham’s squad virtually remains the same as it did at the end of last season, when Spurs finished second in the Premier League.
Fans have been a little frustrated with the lack of new additions, especially as key rivals have added to their squad, leading many to believe that Tottenham have slipped behind their rivals and can’t solely rely on existing players to continue their development.
However, former Tottenham striker and current pundit Gary Lineker has offered his view on the club’s summer transfer window, giving a positive outlook despite the criticism for club owner Daniel Levy.
Lineker has told The Mirror that, because Pochettino has managed to keep his squad together by retaining the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, Tottenham are still strong, and haven’t brought in any new signings because their starting line-up was so good last season.
Lineker did though add that the temporary move to Wembley Stadium this season could scupper Tottenham’s transfer hopes, as the move from White Hart Lane does bring some unfamiliarity for Spurs players, and they struggled at Wembley in European action last season.
“The most important thing for Spurs I thought was keeping their key players, with the exception of Walker in a position where they are really well covered, they have managed to do,” said Lineker. “Sometimes you can bring in people, but it doesn’t help and can hinder. Spurs need to strengthen their squad and I suspect they will. But the reason they haven’t brought in three or four big players like other teams at the top of the league have done is that they were pretty strong last season.”
“And Spurs are also not one of the giant spenders traditionally anyway. If they were still at White Hart Lane, I would fancy them for the title. But they are not and that does make a difference. It is baffling, I suppose, as to why, but it is familiarity and particularly following a season when they were so good at home it makes it difficult. If they finish in the top four again it will be a really good effort this season,” he added.
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