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Inside Lane: Why Spurs don’t need any late signings this time

PUBLISHED: 07:45 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:25 28 August 2014

Eric Dier has made an instant impact after his arrival from Sporting Lisbon. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Eric Dier has made an instant impact after his arrival from Sporting Lisbon. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Tottenham blogger Mike Williams feels the club have strengthened in all the right areas under Mauricio Pochettino and can avoid their usual tendency for last-minute shopping.

With the transfer window closing on Monday night, this is generally a rollercoaster time of the year at Tottenham, with the fans wondering what surprises the final few days might bring.

But this year, bar a deal which is impossible to say no to – like Rafael van der Vaart’s arrival in 2010 – there shouldn’t be any need for last-gasp deals.

The signings so far haven’t been anywhere near as exciting as last year’s, but I believe they are just as important – if not more important. Mauricio Pochettino has strengthened areas of the squad which have been crying out for attention for a number of seasons.

Even when the club made those seven additions in 2013, the team never really looked balanced as vital areas which were desperate for improvement were ignored.

The signing of a left-back in Ben Davies means Danny Rose has good competition, which should benefit both players. Meanwhile, the signing of an experienced back-up goalkeeper in Michel Vorm to replace Brad Friedel – who will soon become a coach – and the addition of a young, versatile centre-back in Eric Dier has left the squad looking as balanced as it ever has.

In truth, this isn’t the Tottenham we know – it simply makes too much sense.

We have now made a further addition to the defence with Argentine Federico Fazio making the switch to White Hart Lane from Sevilla. It is clear that Pochettino has prioritised the defence, and you will not find many arguing with that.

He has, however, replaced one of the most respected figures at the Lane, Michael Dawson, whose departure to Hull was announced this week.

The now ex-club captain has been a fantastic servant to Tottenham in his nine and a half years with us, but it feels like the right time for both parties to make this change.

The centre-back will forever be remembered at the Lane for his fantastic dedication and commitment to the cause – and he will be fondly received upon his return back to north London.

Right now, the squad looks organised – there is a healthy competition for places across all positions and we have strengthened in areas which are unglamorous but nonetheless essential to any top side.

While some fans still want another striker or wide man, it is looking highly unlikely that that will happen.

It could be a dull week for those who enjoy the 24-style countdown. But right now, with last year’s signings finding their feet and the new ones adding balance, we are - for the first time I can remember - not desperately crying out for vital positions to be filled in the last few days.

Follow me on Twitter @mikew191

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