While Newcastle managed to bring in seven new players, they were hardly big spenders with Yoshinori Muto seemingly their most expensive outlay for a reported moderate fee of around £9.5 million (the Mirror).
Spurs, meanwhile, didn’t spend a penny as they opted against making a single signing. Talking to nufc.co.uk, regardless of their lack of signings, Benitez still feels the north London club have a top-quality squad.
“I would say it is a surprise that (Spurs) didn’t sign anyone. But at the same time, they had at least 11 players in the World Cup. We are talking about one of the best teams in the Premier League, and in terms of English players, Tottenham are the best team,” Benitez explained.
Will Tottenham regret not signing anybody this summer?
Tottenham may not have signed anyone this summer, yet it’s hard to see how they could have improved their starting XI without spending big sums or offering wages they understandably aren’t prepared to offer.
While Spurs will want to push on to the next level and challenge for honours on all fronts, they must be sensible when it comes to finances and breaking their wage structure may not be in their best interests.
Harry Kane’s new deal now sees him pocket £200,000 per week (Spotrac), but fellow first-team members are earning less than a six-figure salary per week and that helps keep the squad united and somewhat modest.
Where Spurs may suffer, though, is a lack of quality beyond the first-team eleven as injuries to key players such as Kane, Christian Eriksen or Kieran Tripper could seriously hinder their chances of success.
Tottenham were linked with players such as Jack Grealish (Sky Sports) and Anthony Martial (The Telegraph), but it seems both Aston Villa and Manchester United weren’t willing to sell at a reasonable price.