Mauricio Pochettino believes the January transfer window must be handled carefully by Tottenham after admitting the club have an issue to fix in replacing a key member of staff.
With the transfer window opening in just over two weeks time, Tottenham, like every club, are making plans for January. However, like most other clubs, Spurs have a major problem in that they’re still actively seeking a replacement for head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who is serving a 16-month notice period as a successor is sought.
International scout Ian Broomfield, lured back to White Hart Lane from Queens Park Rangers in 2014, was also released last week at the end of his contract.
In addition, Tottenham are juggling the financial pressure of a new £450million stadium, which together with the free-spending nature of their Premier League rivals, could make for a very testing month for Pochettino.
But speaking about Tottenham’s intentions, Pochettino said: “It’s not about money, it’s how you invest the money.
“The market is crazy. You can see how the value of players has increased. You need to be clever. You need to be imaginative and creative and try to fight for good players at a very good price.
“When you’re building a stadium you are not only focused to improve the team – at the same time you’re spending money to create a massive stadium which will be one of the best stadiums in Europe.
“With the new stadium Tottenham will be one of the best teams in the world, for sure. But now we need to be creative. The challenge is to be clever and to take risks.”
Spurs spent the best part of £70million over the summer on new players, but three of those – Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Jansson and Kevin-Georges N’Koudou have yet to have an impact.
The latter of those, N’Koudou, has only been used sparingly and speaking about the player, Pochettino concluded: “We cannot be unfair with N’Koudou. It’s difficult to assess him so early. We need to give him more time and he needs to show his real quality and build his confidence.”