Spurs squad needs new faces, says Mauricio Pochettino

Rex Christensen
October 19, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino is expecting to lose the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Dembele, if not in January, then at the end of the season, and he knows he needs to replace the trio.

Spurs' injury problems have prompted renewed questions about the club's decision not to sign players during the summer - an issue chairman Daniel Levy addressed during a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust.

Levy claimed the transfer inactivity was a result of assumptions made about players leaving and potential targets being available which proved unfounded.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We have played eight games and perhaps we don't have the points we wanted or deserved".

"I think one thing is to make clear: all the coaching staff and managers always want to improve the squad - sometimes signing players and sometimes adding players from the academy". Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up.

Well-publicised efforts to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa or Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace were not successful.

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"But if you can not achieve what you need or want, [making signings] because you need to make happy people or act like all the clubs, I think that is not common sense". "Maybe you have money". It's unclear whether or not they'll be in the starting XI, but you can read on to get our predictions on both players.

Midfielders Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele are fit again but Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen are still missing.

As Premier League action resumes following the worldwide break, Tottenham remain without injured England duo Dele Alli and Danny Rose for at least 10 days, while Jan Vertonghen is further away from returning after his hamstring problem.

"We tried to sign and but we could not achieve what we need or what we want", he said. 'It is so important to have almost all the squad fit to compete and give us options to rotate and share the games'.

Pochettino has stated that this is his toughest season at Spurs, largely due to the late return of key figures after the World Cup - but he hopes the challenges his players have been facing will help them to improve their fortunes at this stage of the campaign. "But I need to remind everyone that is our best start after eight games".

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