Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

Mauricio Pochettino backs Tottenham to improve despite lack of signings

In addition to being the first Premier League team in 15 years to make a summer signing, Tottenham are also the only club in Europe's top five leagues and England's top four tiers without a new player this summer.

The alternative is to re-integrate Alderweireld into the Tottenham squad, and start making him a key player once again.

Spurs had a £25 million bid rejected for Jack Grealish and decided that the Championship club's valuation of £32 million was too much to pay.

Spurs have been strongly linked with a move for Grealish, whose future at Aston Villa has been a source of speculation all summer after they failed to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino is not expecting Tottenham Hotspur to make any signings before Thursday's deadline but insists he is happy with his squad and that the club can make forward strides this season.

Deals for players like Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembélé are yet to materialise however and Pochettino said he expected the players who remained at the club following the close of the window to knuckle down. "We work to improve the squad, but when it is not possible, it is not possible and we move on".

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"It's not about adding because it's fashionable to sign players". It's a massive challenge for us to try to deliver the best tools for them to get fit and then to prepare them for the whole season, not only for one, two or three games or for one month.

"Our targets are always in the same level of Real Madrid or Manchester United or Manchester City, but for different circumstances we can not achieve that". I am really, really, really, really, really happy.

"I think I want to make clear that all are fit, but maybe we need to care for some players and not push them to compete, not take some rash decisions with some players due to their background or for different reasons that we are assessing now after Monday".

Tottenham "achieved their objective" and did a "great job" by keeping their best player in the transfer window, says manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Some Tottenham fans fear their club's lack of activity might force Pochettino to consider leaving, but the former Southampton boss is happy with the club's vision.

"It is better to keep our squad all together, we believe a lot in our players".

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