Transfer Window Failure Could See Hesitant Tottenham Drop Behind Premier League Rivals
Modern football fans are a bit like children on Christmas Eve.
They crave new signings in the same way five-year-olds crave presents, but imagine the scene if those children found out that good old Kris Kringle hadn't visited their house.
That's the situation Spurs fans find themselves in with the new Premier League season about to start.
Mauricio Pochettino announced himself as satisfied with his work during the window on Thursday lunchtime as he was quizzed by the waiting press pack on the potential for any incomings to the new Whit Hart Lane.
"I am happy with the squad, happy with the players. We work to improve the squad, but when it is not possible, it is not possible and we move on."
Late speculation linking Tottenham with a move for Jack Grealish failed to materialise and that was that. No new players arrived at the club during the summer and reaction on social media amongst fans has been understandably frustrated.
Whilst their nearest rivals have been busying extending and improving their squads, there hasn't been a dicky bird from Spurs over the past few months. You get the feeling that one way or the other, this window could be the defining moment in the short term future of the club.
Was this the transfer window where Tottenham lost tangible ground to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea who have both spent big, or is that wise old owl Poch once again producing another masterstroke?
The former Saints Manager also brought up the new stadium in his press conference on Thursday and there are worrying parallels with the Arsenal move to the Emirates Stadium over a decade ago.
The Gunners went from one of the best teams in Europe to Premier League also-rans in the aftermath of their move to a new crib, due in no uncertain terms to the financial restrictions placed on them as a result, and the worry for the Tottenham faithful will be that they are following a similar pattern.
It hasn't been all bad for Spurs, indeed things could have been a lot worse.
Harry Kane and Pochettino himself were tied down to new deals which were vital signings for the future of the club in terms of competing at the highest level. Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min also committed themselves to the North London team over the summer which does offer a sign of both stability and long-term vision.
Toby Alderweireld has also remained despite strong interest from Manchester United and bringing the Belgium back into fold in a starting role would be as good as a new signing given his difficulties over the past year or so, although his long term contract issues do remain.
There is no doubt that this is a strong Tottenham squad but it does feel like that standing still, when the rest of your rivals are trying to move forward, is a massive risk. The fight for the top four has never been tougher and with Chelsea and Arsenal sure to be better than they were last season, that race is surely only going to get tougher.
The bookmakers are already unsure of Tottenham as a top four team this season which has to be due to their lack of transfer activity and even Arsenal fans will be hopeful of regaining their top spot as the best team in North London.
Pochettino and Daniel Levy are playing a dangerous game and they will be praying that the young and talented squad they have built over the last few years can improve again to keep pace with the fast paced of the Premier League.
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