Tottenham Hotspur left their transfer business late in August.
Tottenham Hotspur have responded to concerns from fans over the club’s last-minute transfer policy over the summer, as seen in the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust minutes last week.
Spurs were linked with a host of players over the summer transfer window, but they actually opened the season without any new signings as Mauricio Pochettino and co struggled to get deals over the line.
Finally, on August 23rd, Spurs finally had their first summer signing as Davinson Sanchez arrived in a club-record deal from Ajax, and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga followed him to North London on the same day, leaving Southampton for Spurs.
A week later, Spurs snapped up young defender Juan Foyth from Estudiantes, and on deadline day, head coach Pochettino also brought in Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain and Fernando Llorente from Swansea City.
With five signings in the last eight days of the transfer window, Tottenham left it very late to bring in new faces, and it was a similar story in 2016 too.
Pau Lopez, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Moussa Sissoko all arrived on the summer transfer deadline day, and with Pochettino usually averse to January additions, fans have been left perplexed as to why Spurs tend to leave all their signings to the last week of August.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust posed the subject to the club, and published their answer on their official website last week, with Daniel Levy and co defending themselves.
Tottenham claim that they always want to do business early, but with most business happening close to the deadline, they are more than willing to play out the transfer window and get the players they want – even if it’s a late deal.
“The Club always looks to conduct business early – this is not always possible and contrary to the suggestion here not down to the club – three parties need to agree any deal and that’s before you have competition from other clubs or indeed outstanding decisions on other players you are pursuing. Most transfer activity takes place in the last week of the window,” the response read.
Spurs fans may now hope that the approach somewhat changes in January, and that Tottenham aren’t left scrapping around to complete deals in the final hours of the window.
Pochettino doesn’t usually do business in January, but with a midfielder and possibly a left back and a winger needed, there is scope for business to be done – and fans will be hoping that it’s done sooner rather than later when the transfer window opens.