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Tottenham Hotspur fans are angry.
The club have signed just two senior players in the summer transfer window and one has already been loaned back to his former club.
Tanguy Ndombele, of course, is an exceptional midfield player and there are high hopes that he will prove to be a shrewd acquisition. Spurs, of course, broke their transfer record to bring the Frenchman in from Lyon.
And yet there is a feeling, particularly on Twitter, that the squad hasn’t been strengthened properly.
There is a hashtag – isn’t there always – calling for the board to #backPoch.
Supporters believe that the Argentine deserves to have the signings he wants. A deal for Giovani Lo Celso is dragging, per Football FanCast sources, while Ryan Sessegnon is also yet to become a Spurs player despite reports that he is keen to play under Pochettino.
Now, one has to say that the squad, as it is, has been weakened instead of strengthened this summer. Kieran Trippier has been sold and has not been replaced. Danny Rose could leave too, so could Christian Eriksen.
But there is a week of the window left.
Spurs have specialised in late business through the years, bringing in a number of players, including the likes of Rafael van der Vaart, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura, on the last day of the transfer window.
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There is nothing to say that they won’t go and do it again; they could sign both Lo Celso and Sessegnon; they could keep Rose and Eriksen.
That would be backing the manager in the extreme, particularly when added to the deal that has been done for Ndombele.
The anger, at this stage, is premature.
There could be a meltdown next week. If come Friday, August 9th, Spurs have bought two players, fans will be justified in hurling insults and abuse at the board; the squad does need further strengthening.
But it could well happen.
It is probably more likely than one might think; this is where Spurs usually come alive in the transfer window.
Patience is a virtue; Spurs fans need to remember that.