Pochettino – Prem deadline a ‘big mistake’
Tottenham Hotspur boss Maurico Pochettino says the Premier League clubs have made a "big mistake" by letting European clubs have 20 days more to do business.
Pochettino declared himself happy with his squad after Spurs completed the high-profile signings of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon on transfer deadline day on Thursday.
In addition to the earlier swoops for Tanguy NDombele and Jack Clarke, who has been allowed to return to Leeds United on loan, Pochettino has built on a squad that finished third in the Premier League and reached the Champions League final last season.
But there are rumours over the future of Christian Eriksen, who was strongly linked with Manchester United this week before word came out that they believed he wanted to go to Spain.
The Denmark international has less than a year left on his Spurs contract and it remains to be seen where he fits into a remodelled midfield that will be built on the axis of NDombele and Lo Celso.
Spanish clubs can still sign players until August 31 so Pochettino may be half expecting a serious bid to come in for a player he rates very highly, having started Eriksen 30 times in the Premier League last term.
#thfc Poch has called on the PL to scrap the early closing of the transfer window. "It's a big advantage to [European clubs]. They can create a mess with us & big clubs in England. If Europe doesn't change we need to go back and operate in the same way Europe operates."
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 9, 2019
Speaking at his Friday press conference, the Argentinian called for the Premier League to go back to how it was when he first arrived in England with the transfer deadline in line with the other major European countries.
Pochettino now has four Argentine players in his squad with Lo Celso joining Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga and Erik Lamela at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – but there could have been one more.
The 47-year-old is understood to have personally called Paulo Dybala to persuade the Juventus star to come to London but a reported £65million deal broke down over a complicated image rights issue.
He also looked into the possibility of signing former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona but was unable to persuade the Brazilian to make the move to London.
Nevertheless, Pochettino is happy with the current options at his disposal as he heads into his sixth season in charge of the club.
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) August 9, 2019
The manager said that the new arrivals will help spark and motivate the players already at Spurs with Harry Kane possibly among those fully committed to the cause and in need of reinforcements.
And with increased numbers in his senior pool, competition for places will be at it’s most intense for Pochettino’s squad for the coming campaign.
Spurs kick off their new campaign when they host newly-promoted Aston Villa on Saturday evening.