Daniel Levy has outlined how Tottenham were able to succeed in the summer transfer market in a meeting with the club’s Supporters’ Trust.
Tottenham are currently top of the Premier League table after a fine start to Jose Mourinho’s first full season in charge.
Several new signings have played their part in that, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earning widespread plaudits, for example. Full-backs Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty have also made an impact.
Tottenham also brought Gareth Bale back to the club on loan – using the same formula to sign Carlos Vinicius. Both have also shown promise, although are yet to build up a true run of form.
However, overall, their signings have helped transform them into potential title contenders. After years of inactivity in the transfer market, their summer strategy seems to have paid off this time.
In a meeting with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, chairman Daniel Levy outlined the club’s decisive approach in the transfer window.
The minutes from the meeting reveal that, when balancing the financial impact of their new stadium, the coronavirus pandemic and the need to improve the squad, Levy “cautioned against judging past performance on future strategy.
“He felt this had been a window where the club had acted decisively. The club had been fortunate to achieve what it set out to achieve but there would be other times when this wasn’t possible.”
Tottenham managed to get most of their business done early in the window. For example, Hojbjerg, Doherty and Joe Hart all arrived in August; Reguilon and Bale followed them in September, before Vinicius and Joe Rodon joined in October.
Explaining how they were able to act so quickly, Levy pointed out that Mourinho “had been very clear and very decisive in terms of targets and they entered the window with a clear idea of what they wanted to achieve.”
Levy coy on January sales
That work around signings was so effective that Mourinho now has a squad that is a little too large.
For example, he has been unable to give major roles to previous regulars like Dele Alli and Harry Winks.
However, Levy did not go into detail about plans to move players on in January. He “felt it was unfair to talk about transfers out and was keen to manage expectations for January in terms of incomings and outgoings, it would be similar for other clubs too.”