Back Poch? Tottenham still have time in transfer market
PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 July 2019
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The Spurs manager hinted his title at the club should be head coach, which it was previously
Tension is brewing with the transfer window for Premier League clubs shutting on Thursday week and Spurs supporters, like many in the top flight, are demanding more and fairly so in some respect.
Mauricio Pochettino cut a frustrated figure after Tottenham Hotspur's 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in the Audi Cup on Tuesday.
After bristling at questions about transfers in Shanghai last week, he pointed out to the reporters present in Munich he doesn't deal with those matters at the club.
Pochettino is quoted saying: "I am not in charge and I know nothing about the situation of my players.
"I am only coaching them and trying to get the best from them. Sell, buy players, sign contract, not sign contract - I think it is not in my hands, it's in the club's hands and (chairman) Daniel Levy.
"The club need to change my title and description. Of course I am the boss deciding the strategic play, but in another area I don't know. Today, I feel like I am the coach."
It led to Spurs fans expressing their displeasure on social media with Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clarke the only signings made by the Lilywhites this summer.
This occurred after Tottenham had gone 18 months without making a transfer after the addition of Lucas Moura in January 2018.
Most supporters want Pochettino to be 'backed' and #BackPoch was quickly trending on Twitter which you can't help but cringe at.
The signing of Ndombele was a clear statement of intent from Spurs and Levy, who went out and got the man his manager wanted.
Everyone expected more and due to that there is now a feeling of disappointment and this transfer window would be underwhelming if no one else signs by Thursday, August 8.
But the point is, with over eight days to go Tottenham have time to recruit more players and raise hope they can genuinely challenge for the league title.
It may have been rumbling on all summer, yet it would be a surprise if Ryan Sessegnon does not move to north London.
Giovani Lo Celso is the other name which has been constantly linked with Spurs and this is another which feels more likely to happen, than not.
Just because fans want new signing instantly doesn't mean it works like that and in Levy's case, he often waits to the last minute.
In the past, some have argued it has been detrimental to Tottenham's season given they have often started the campaign with a squad in need of reinforcement, but have needed to wait until the final day to get the boost they need.
With the transfer window shutting before the Premier League gets underway, that is no longer the case.
Of course Pochettino would have preferred a whole pre-season with Sessegnon and Lo Celso, but if Tottenham can bring down the price, it may be a price worth paying given the stadium needs to be paid off.
The delirium of #BackPoch has arguably come too soon. If Levy delivers with the two aforementioned names, few can argue this has been anything other than a great summer of business for the club.
If the chairman fails to get the transfers over the line, then criticism will be justified, but those involved with the hashtag have gone too early.
Taking last season out of the equation, the 2017/18 campaign saw Levy deliver on two deadline days.
He snapped up Moura on the final day of the 2018 winter transfer window and Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente months earlier, also on the last day - this time of the 2017 summer transfer window.
Moussa Sisssoko arrived the year before alongside Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who has not been successful, while Heung-min Son was a late addition in the 2015 summer window.
Patience is a virtue and if Tottenham fans know Levy, they will know he can still make this a summer to remember. Just wait and see.
Additional reporting by Press Association Sport.