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Former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Mauricio Pochettino is unhappy with transfer strategy

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Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov believes that manager Mauricio Pochettino is disappointed by the club’s summer business, per The London Evening Standard.

What’s he said?

Spurs have thus far only made two senior signings, acquiring Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for a club-record fee and Jack Clarke from Leeds United.

However, the latter has been loaned back to the Championship club and deals for Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Bruno Fernandes, having all been mooted, have yet to be completed.

With Thursday’s transfer deadline looming large, Berbatov has suggested that the Argentine will be unhappy with the way the club have operated this summer.

He said: “A manager needs to be responsible for the players that are coming in because if you are a manager you want the player to be approved by you.

“If that’s not the case and you are not familiar with who is coming and you don’t have any say in that it’s a bit strange.”

Pochettino, of course, recently suggested that the club should change his title from manager to head coach due to his lack of information regarding transfers, per BBC Sport.

And Berbatov believes the quotes were an indication of the Spurs boss’ frustrations.

He added: “There is something going on – what is it? I don’t know. We can speculate here what it is but they need to find a solution for this problem.

“You can hear the way he’s speaking about it that he’s a bit disappointed that something is not going the way he wants it to go.”

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Probably right

Berbatov may have hit the nail on the head here.

Spurs have, thus far, only added one senior player to their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, despite Pochettino calling for a rebuilding job at the end of the previous campaign.

That simply hasn’t happened, both in terms of incomings and outgoings.

With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Spurs could potentially pull a rabbit out of a hat; it has happened before.

But it is perhaps more likely that Pochettino will head into the season opener against Aston Villa with largely the same squad that began 2018/19.

That’s the opposite of a rebuild.

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