Pundit view: Sherwood makes ridiculous claim about Pochettino’s resources

Tim Sherwood has made the ridiculous assertion that Mauricio Pochettino is not working on a limited budget at Tottenham Hotspur, via TalkSport.

Spurs have not signed a player in the past two transfer windows, with their last acquisition being Lucas Moura from PSG in January of 2018.

What’s he said?

Sherwood, who managed Spurs in the 2013-14 season, leading them to a sixth-placed finish, has rubbished the idea that Pochettino is working within financial constraints in north London.

Pochettino has not signed a player, as mentioned, for over a year but has Spurs fighting for a Champions League place – they are currently third in the Premier League – and has also taken them into the quarter-finals of the European competition.

Sherwood, though, believes that the Argentine has been given plenty of backing as he has set about building his squad.

“I wouldn’t agree with ‘limited resources’,” Sherwood said.

“It’s obviously not the same as Man City’s resources, but who has that?

“He’s signed 20 (sic) players since he’s been at the club, so they’ve given him an opportunity to build a squad and he’s happy with the squad he’s got.

“If you ask me, ‘Would he want to leave?’ I’d say no. I think he’s happy with the squad he’s got.

“We’re comparing him with Liverpool and Man City which is wrong.”

A ridiculous comment

Spurs have tightened the purse strings in recent seasons and it is understandable.

The club are building a state-of-the-art stadium that will be moved into before the end of the season and have had to finance the project while also attempting to stay competitive on the pitch.

Spurs have, of course, spent money under Pochettino and have even broken their transfer record, signing Davinson Sanchez for a fee in excess of £40million.

But their net spend, over the last five years, is £43.4m (per transferleague).

To put that into context, that’s £246m less than Chelsea and £91m less than West Ham United. Spurs have a higher net spend than Cardiff City and Southampton. That’s it.

To claim that they are not working with limited resources is as laughable as Sherwood’s managerial reign at the club.

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