This transfer window saw Tottenham Hotspur bring in five new players. Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen were early additions to the club, while Georges-Kevin NKoudou, Pau Lopez and Moussa Sissoko were all secured on deadline day. But what has this transfer window really shown us?
1. Mauricio Pochettino has the full backing of Daniel Levy.
This transfer window has show that the chairman for once is backing his manager. It is understood by The Telegraph that Mauricio Pochettino had demanded that Moussa Sissoko be bought no matter what the price. While Tottenham did initially submit a £15m bid for the Frenchman, Levy eventually stepped up and paid the asking price.
It is unclear whether Pochettino had expressed his desire to sign the player before or after the first bid, however the urgency in which the second bid was carried out would suggest that Pochettino has emphasised the importance of the signing as he realised that Sissoko was on his way to another club. Tottenham’s intervention consequently ruined Everton’s attempts to sign the player as Sissoko favoured a move to White Hart Lane due to the fact Spurs could offer Champions League football.
The transfer shows that Levy is backing Pochettino simply through the fact that he stood up and did what was needed to secure the players signature, even if it was in the most Levy-ish of styles. On top of this the transfer goes against the clubs transfer policy. Tottenham looked to sign young players who will grow at the club and so have chosen to not spend more than £20m on a player who is over the age of 25. Sissoko however turned 27 two weeks ago and Spurs spent £10m more on the midfielder. Not only does this show that Pochettino wanted the player, but that Levy will stand by that decision.
2. Crucial business is done early.
Going into the transfer window there were only two positions in which Tottenham were in dire need of cover for. Spurs were in desperate need of a second striker and a defensive midfielder and Tottenham brought these two players in early. Spurs secured the signing of Victor Wanyama a week before the transfer window had officially opened, while they signed AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen two weeks into the window. It wasn’t until the final day of the transfer window in which Tottenham announced another three signings. George-Kevin N’Koudou, Pau Lopez and Moussa Sissoko to all add much needed squad depth.
3. Pochettino has a Plan B.
After Tottenham’s draw with Liverpool, Pochettino spoke highly of The Reds attacker Sadio Mane. The Argentine spoke of the extra dimension the player brought to the team through his direct nature of play. He added that the current players in Spurs’ squad all like the ball played to their feet and so his team need a player who can run onto the ball and break the defensive line. Could NKoudou be that player? The winger has plenty of pace – something that the current Tottenham attack lacks. He is also comfortable on both feet, which will add width to a team, which lacks natural wingers.
On top of this we have seen the addition of Vincent Janssen already bring another option for Tottenham as he has featured alongside Harry Kane in all of the Lilywhites games so far, with Pochettino playing a hybrid of a 4-4-2 and a 4-2-3-1.