Stability and a lack of change tends to be deemed as a failure in a modern football climate where managers get the boot every other week and a failure to sign players in the transfer window is said to symbolise a lack of ambition and a negative mentality. At Tottenham, they’re having exactly that levelled at them.
Is Tottenham’s failure to land anyone in the summer really as bad as many think? Are Pochettino’s side at risk of stagnating as a result? In short, certainly not.
Just last season Spurs were being hailed as a shining light in England’s top flight and their model, which has seen them spend far less than their other ‘top six’ rivals, was being praised. Shrewd, homegrown additions in the mould of Dele Alli, who joined for £5million from MK Dons, were being hailed as refreshing by many and their style of play under Mauricio Pochettino was being lauded by pundits and fans alike.
Fast forward to the summer of 2018 and after an impressive World Cup showing from many of Tottenham’s England internationals, panic and a negative wave of reports surrounded the club as many felt their inactivity in the summer transfer window was a worrying sign. A desperation to sign players suddenly emerged as their Premier League rivals started to splash the cash and supposedly pull further ahead of Spurs in the process.
Modern Day Transfer Obsession
This is a Tottenham side who finished in the top four fairly comfortably last season, managed to keep hold of all of their star players in the summer and also retained the services of one of the brightest managers in the game, Mauricio Pochettino. Everything seems rosy, doesn’t it?
A quick look around the Premier League currently will tell you those sides who did overhaul their squads drastically and splashed the cash are not doing too well so far. Tottenham’s fierce rivals, Arsenal, have a new manager and practically a new team in place and have lost both of their opening encounters. West Ham, another team who have freshened things up this summer, have nearly a whole new starting XI and have failed to please so far. Chuck in promoted Fulham, who spent over a £100million since re-joining England’s top flight but lost their two opening games also, and a pattern is emerging.
Stability can be a Good Thing
Perhaps, especially in the case of an already strong Tottenham team, signing players isn’t as much of a necessity as many make it out to be? New blood isn’t always guaranteed to deliver and could disrupt things. Pochettino has a squad he clearly trusts and the board clearly trust him. The need to panic buy and simply chuck cash at the team for the sake of it simply isn’t there and why should it be? The future is bright at Tottenham and with the current crop of stars up there with some of the great Spurs sides from the past, and a new stadium on the horizon too, it’s all still very much rosy at the club.
Tottenham are still progressing. Odds on them to win the league are at 14/1 (bet365), unlikely, given Manchester City’s dominance, but you can find free bets at Thebookiesoffers.co.uk site if you want to back them without any risk to your wallet. Otherwise, 4/7 for a top 4 finish looks decent value.
There’s usually a surprise package or two in the Champions League also, with Spurs priced at a tempting 25/1, which represents brilliant value if you fancy a punt.
Despite the lack of signings, the future is still very much bright at Spurs. A lot can be said for continuity and stability, can’t it?
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