Sky Sports pundit Don Hutchinson has picked out future recruitment as the toughest task facing Daniel Levy at Tottenham as he raves over the quality available to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Lilywhites currently sit fourth in the Premier League table despite not making a single new signing over the summer window, with the club instead having focused on tying down their top figures, including Harry Kane and Pochettino, to new contracts.
Analysing where Spurs might consider themselves weak on the pitch, Hutchinson struggled to pick out anywhere notable, and insisted that was the dilemma facing the manager and the club chief.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate (22/11, 22:00): “Someone like (Moussa) Sissoko is playing the best football he has been in a long time. There are one or two injuries that they must try and deal with but (the likes of) Harry Winks is playing good football.
“Top end of the pitch, Harry Kane’s fit and scoring goals, Lucas Moura’s playing well, Erik Lamela, we’ve seen a stronger side to him.
“Going forward there’s not really a problem and I think that’s probably the hardest thing if you’re Pochettino or Daniel Levy or even a Spurs fan when you analyse where you think you can strengthen. There’s not too many areas that you can actually strengthen in the first XI.”
Is this why Tottenham failed to bring in a single new face over the summer? Potentially, but a lot will have been down to the lack of funds available as they continue to develop their new home ground. This was always going to be a summer of transition for the club and while fans might have expected that to mean big money purchases to act as marquee signings, the reality was that the expected strengthening of the side did not come about. What was important was that they did not lose any of their top performers despite plenty of speculation over their futures, and the difficulty now is finding talents who are able to challenge with the existing squad members for a first team role on what is likely to be a much smaller budget than their rivals. How Levy pulls it off only he will know, but he has not done a bad job of getting the club to where they currently stand.