Paul Stewart thinks Tottenham’s lack of transfer activity could lead to them being a long way behind the Premier League leaders before the first international break.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s first competitive game as manager is a daunting clash against champions Manchester City on Sunday.
But whilst Tottenham have enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season, which included beating north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday, Santo isn’t likely to name any new faces in his starting XI to face City.
Bryan Gil has arrived from Sevilla, although he’s been at the Olympic Games and didn’t start training until this week, whilst goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini will be on the bench as back-up to Hugo Lloris.
Spurs’ latest signing Cristian Romero is expected to come straight into the backline, although only once he gets fully fit following an injury sustained in the Copa America final.
With Spurs’ lack of business completed, Stewart exclusively told Football FanCast that Santo’s side could easily be winless from their first three fixtures:
“I’m not saying you lose it, but you can be a long way behind. You need a pre-season and have time to settle in. You’d be worried if you were bringing them in after the season has started, and you can certainly lose sight.
“You can see nine points on the board for Man City, but at Spurs you can see them not winning a game and being seven or eight points behind. And that for me, it’s a distinct possibility.”