Mauricio Pochettino expressed his frustration during the Premier League season at how his side had not spent as Liverpool did in 2018.
He was quoted in March by The Metro, "Our philosophy is completely different, we can’t compare the two projects. They are on a completely different level."
This transfer window is Tottenham's chance to catch up.
Links to Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele give Tottenham a chance to be decisive, just like Liverpool were in recent transfer windows.
Liverpool identified their weaknesses and spent big to solve them.
This was a transformative £75 million move for Virgil van Dijk, followed by a £66 million move for goalkeeper Alisson. Instantly they became a team with the best defence in the Premier League.
A move for Ndombele would be reminiscent of Liverpool's approach.
Midfield is Tottenham's most glaring area of need, thanks to the sale of Mousa Dembele ahead of his expiring deal.
Lyon want big money for Ndombele, up to £70 million.
If Tottenham act quickly, decisively, to give Pochettino the player he wants, this can have a transformative effect on the club too.
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