The Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken to describing the battle his club faces in the transfer market in terms of household appliances and furniture in a fairly unusual turn of events.
Premier League leaders Liverpool’s level of investment into their playing squad was the topic that pushed him to coming up with these parallels.
"In the past couple of years, Liverpool have invested a lot of money,” the Argentine told ESPN.
“I need a washing machine. Your wife asks you for a washing machine. Now I need a door, a lightbulb, a bed.
"Due to a number of circumstances, we've tried to produce young players with great futures such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, [Kieran] Trippier or Harry Winks.
"We are creating players. But in this case, Liverpool need a defender, they get [Virgil] van Dijk. They need a goalkeeper, who's the best? Alisson. It's the same as Manchester City.
"At the moment, Tottenham haven't reached that level, so when we can't buy a washing machine, we get a dryer that can do the same job. Instead of a sofa, we get a chair where you can also sit. That's the difference between Tottenham and the teams that are built to win."
That’s perhaps a roundabout way of making a reasonable point.
Interestingly, it’s not the first time ‘Poch’ has resorted to an analogy involving a washing machine. Back in last March he paid homage to his star striker Harry Kane for “putting his leg in the washing machine” and risking injury to score for Spurs. Bosch.
"When we can't buy a washing machine, we get a dryer." 😂