Tottenham Shouldn't Panic About Their Lack of Transfer Movement

Nick MillerFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino address the media after a friendly soccer match against the Seattle Sounders in Seattle, Saturday, July 19, 2014. The matched ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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It's usually around this time in the summer—when preseason friendlies have started, the first fixture of the new campaign is starting to appear on the horizon and the failings of last term begin to fade—that fans of teams who haven't yet done much transfer business start panicking.

The areas of the team that were exposed by injury, poor form or simple inadequacy are still there, while rival sides are liberally splashing cash all over the place. It's an understandable emotion.

In terms of the sides at the top end of the Premier League, this set of fans are Tottenham Hotspur fans. At the time of writing, Spurs are the only top-flight side yet to make a signing of any significance.

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Meanwhile, Chelsea have purchased Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis; Arsenal have recruited Alexis Sanchez; Manchester United have brought Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw in with the promise of more to come; new to Manchester City are Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala; while Liverpool apparently haven't even dipped into the money for Luis Suarez and have already bought four players.

However, this should not be a cause for panic on the streets of Tottenham. A few key positions need to be strengthened, primarily across the defence.

The good news is that the most pressing of those is set to be addressed with the signing of Swansea left-back Ben Davies, according to reports such as this in the Daily Telegraph.

They could do with another centre-back, and maybe a right-back if Kyles Walker and Naughton are regarded as inadequate, but other than that their squad is in good shape.

They have one of the division's best 'keepers in Hugo Lloris, a much-sought-after defender in Jan Vertonghen, and a strong midfield that features Sandro, Mousa Dembele, the returning Lewis Holtby and Christian Eriksen.

To add to that, there is a fine selection of wide players at White Hart Lane, and we all know that Emmanuel Adebayor has the capability to be a quality striker.

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Even the men purchased last season and written off after a poor campaign must not be discounted. Erik Lamela didn't settle last term but has vast amounts of talent, while Roberto Soldado could be the 20-goal forward many hoped he would be if he is used correctly.

The main reason Spurs fans should retain faith that millions do not need to be spent is their new manager. Mauricio Pochettino showed at Southampton, and indeed in his previous job at Espanyol, that he excels in getting the best from players already available to him.

The players who formed the basis of his success at St Mary's were the ones already there—men such as Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert.

Indeed, perhaps the only player Pochettino himself signed that made any significant difference to the Tottenham campaign was Dejan Lovren. Victor Wanyama was at best a qualified success, while Pablo Osvaldo disappeared to Juventus in January, having made just nine starts and scored three goals.

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Instead, Pochettino implemented his much-discussed high-pressing, rapid-passing game and basically got the best from the players available to him.

Even with their obvious flaws last season, it's clear that there is considerable talent already in this Spurs squad, and part of the problem last term was that too many new faces couldn't be jelled into the team effectively.

Given that those players have now been together for a year, throwing too many more into the mix may exacerbate the problem and another "lost" year may pass.

A lack of progress in the transfer window is understandably frustrating, but with an excellent new, young manager, a quiet summer could be exactly what Spurs need.