By Warren Haughton
Last Updated: 5th August 2019
IT’S amazing how things change at football clubs in the space of a summer.
Despite losing to Liverpool in the Champions League final, Tottenham were moving forward.
Spurs had qualified again for the Champions League, all this while chairman Daniel Levy delivered a new stadium which was the envy of Europe’s elite.
The London side smashed their club record to land Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele for £62million, so what could go wrong?
After beating Real Madrid in Munich, boss Mauricio Pochettino claimed he was not in charge of club transfer business and instead of being the manager, he should be known as the coach.
Two months ago, Pochettino also said he would be “stupid” to stay at the club if they expected the same level of success without changes.
Poch wants more
Changes surely mean more signings and despite the arrival of the Ndombele, it’s a mere two additions in 18 months.
Pochettino has a point, effectively working with the same squad that has not been replenished for two years when Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth arrived.
He still wants to bolster his midfield options by adding Real Betis star Giovani Lo Celso who is 1/16 to move to Spurs.
Or could they be cheeky and move ahead of Manchester United for Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes.
It was not Toby
And Pochettino must be wondering why no side snapped up Toby Alderweireld – available for a bargain £25million until last Thursday.
Christian Eriksen is still an issue.
The Dane made it clear he wants to leave this summer, but there were no firm offers on the table.
Earlier in the window, Eriksen was linked with switch to Real Madrid, but according to reports Juventus are now a viable option for the 27-year-old.
Eriksen is 6/4 to join Real Madrid before the window closes.
But Pochettino knows he needs to strengthen in order to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City, anything less will be seen as failure.