Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has hit out at the club’s transfer business after a second consecutive barren transfer window passed.
Last summer, Tottenham became the first team to fail to sign a single player in the long off-season window since it was introduced in 2003.
Despite claiming he was happy with his squad prior to the season opener, Pochettino’s team has been blighted by injuries this term and many fans were hopeful the current situation would force their manager to delve into the market last month.
However, no such arrivals materialised, with Pochettino telling a pre-match press conference on Friday: “We were open to adding some quality to the team to help us achieve the things we want but we can’t add that quality, not because we can’t or don’t want to, but, for different reasons, we can’t deliver what we wanted.”
The Argentine’s frustration was evident as he continued: “Of course I wanted to strengthen the squad but if we cannot sign, I need to stick with the project of the club. But of course [I am] disappointed because we are in a very good position and maybe with a help from some players we can remove the excuse that we are not a real contender.
“But we are there, we are close, in a very good position and we will fight to the end to be as high as we can.”
Tottenham find themselves third in the league, just two points behind second placed Man City and many believe the Argentine is once again punching above his weight, having been forced to operate at Spurs on a shoestring budget.
Tottenham are now over a year without a signing, making their last acquisition when Lucas Moura joined from PSG in January 2018. But, despite failing to bolster the squad, Poch and his men remain in prime position to secure Champions League qualification for the fourth consecutive term.