A summer transfer window that promised so much.
At the beginning of the window, the message was to be bold, courageous and to reap the fruits of our labour by investing in this team and turning us from the ‘nearly-men’ into a squad capable of going all the way.
Yet, somewhat surprisingly, it has culminated in a sense of disappointment and a feeling of what could’ve been, which is an all too similar feeling from the followers of the men in Lily-white over the past decades.
Let’s rewind to June. Optimism was rife for what was to come, even in terms of matters outside of the pitch. This only increased when Pochettino signed a new long-term contract, which was a massive statement of intent from the board. This, followed by a mega new deal for Harry Kane, really started to set pulses racing with excitement. But one topic was left on everyone’s lips.
‘Who will we be bringing in to help keep these big ambitions achievable?’
Fans were dreaming of world-class arrivals, and Bale’s post Champions-League triumph interview did little to stifle these dreams.
In terms of more ‘realistic’ prospects, a potential swap deal between Toby Alderweireld and Anthony Martial, or the introduction of a Moussa Dembele replacement were to name a few. Yet, here we are, two days before the beginning of the new season, transfer window closed, there are no noticeable additions or losses to the squad or last year. With other top European Leagues still yet to shut up shop for the summer, there is no doubt still the possibility of losing some of our players between now and the end of August. But our recruitment is done. Well, in truth, it never began this window.
This has been met with lots of backlash and unrest within the Spurs community, which, to some extent, can be justified. The stark contrast between Poch’s words in June to now are alarming and no doubt there is an element of worry in regards to how much he believes and agrees with the notion that he is happy with our squad and there were no opportunities for improvement. The Jack Grealish saga was more of a hindrance than a help in saving Levy and Spurs’ face. This was the most noticeable example to date of Levy’s preference to play hard-ball and exploit the weaknesses of the other party for a quick bargain backfiring. It’s left Grealish at Villa, reportedly disillusioned at his move failing to materialise and Spurs without some much needed added depth in their midfield.
Regardless, to write off the season before it has began, purely down to us not signing anyone, would be a very close controversial move. This squad has surprised us before and the unit and team spirit we have as a collective cannot be underestimated, even by our own. If we decide to keep hold of the likes of Alderweireld and Rose, who, let’s not forget, were the best players in the league in their respective positions only 2 years ago, reintegrating them back into the squad and building on last season will be a priority. Of course there will be challenges and of course the lack of transfer activity may come back and bite us, but the ability of Pochettino to squeeze the most out of his artillery is better than most.
I, for one, am still so excited to see whether this group can take us even further.