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Evolution not Revolution: Lack of signings could be a plus for Spurs

It has undoubtedly been a case of evolution not revolution at Spurs since Mauricio Pochettino took over.

Now that Chelsea have signed Antonio Rudiger for £30m (with one of the worst announcement videos of all time confirming it), Spurs have become the only side in the top eight yet to add a player to their ranks this summer.

While some would worry that a lack of transfer activity could see the North London side fall behind the likes of Arsenal or the Manchester clubs who have already made big signings, there is an argument that the lack of turnover in players will benefit Pochesttino’s side.

Looking at the Argentine’s transfer history over his three seasons in charge, he has always avoided a mass recruitment drive where he can, instead choosing to work with and improve what he already has as his disposal.

Last season it was only Victor Wanyama who broke into the first-team, as his 35 league starts made him the only one of Spurs’ signings to reach double figures.

In the campaign preceding that, Toby Alderweireld – considered by many to currently be the best defender in the Premier League – was the only man to command a regular spot, with Son Heung-Min only managing 10 starts in his debut season.

Going back even further to the 2014/15 campaign – Pochettino’s first in charge – we notice only Dele Alli and Eric Dier went on to make huge impacts despite a side full of ‘flops’ from the previous season like Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela.

What is immediately striking is that none of those players commanded huge fees – particularly by today’s standards.

The most expensive of that cohort is Toby Alderweireld at £13.6m, a fee that would be considered a snip for such a consistent defender by modern standards.

Instead of big-money moves, Pochettino has gone about quietly improving the positions Spurs are struggling at while improving an already tight-knit and talented side.

One of his best performers last year was Son, for example, a player who was rumoured to be nearing an exit in the summer before.

It is an approach that is clearly paying dividends as well as the North Londoners have gone from fifth, to third, to second under the Argentine while the likes of Dier, Alli and Harry Kane improve year upon year.

Kane is almost the poster boy for this approach – a golden boot winner two seasons in a row despite not costing a penny.

While signings have been quiet on the ground, Spurs will have the likes of Josh Onomah – fresh from winning the U20 World Cup with England weeks ago – and a recovering Harry Winks vying for more playing time.

The only area you’d say Spurs desperately need to improve is a deputy for Kane. When their talisman was out injured last season, they drew a lot of games that could have been won with a more able striker leading the line.

And while Kyle Walker’s exit to Manchester City is a worry, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters will be eager to make the step up.

So while there are no new signings to cheer about yet, the future could still be very bright for Spurs.

Time will tell if Pochettino can win the league with such an evolutionary approach.

Article title: Evolution not Revolution: Lack of signings could be a plus for Spurs

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