Pochettino says Spurs will not buy players in January just for the sake of it
MAURICIO POCHETTINO has hinted Spurs may go through another transfer window without buying.
Tottenham failed to bring in a single player in the summer.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Spurs wont just buy for the sake of it next monthGetty
But despite making the Champions League knockout stages, boss Poch refuses to buy players for the sake of it – and if he does enter the market in January it will be with future years in mind.
The Spurs chief said: “Would I be disappointed if we didn’t sign anyone? No, not disappointed. I know very well that January is always difficult.
“In the same way, if you find some player, look what happened to different players that arrive in January. Last season it takes time to understand and to perform, to fit with the team. Sometimes it’s better not to sign if you don’t find the right player.
“I don’t know if it is better for team spirit not to sign anyone. Sometimes yes, but not in general.”
The club failed to provide Poch with a single new player in the summer transfer windowReuters
Kyle Walker-Peters was singled out for praise by his Spurs bossGetty
Poch snapped up Lucas Moura — hero of the Champions League draw in Barcelona — for £25million from Paris Saint-Germain last January.
But the 26-year-old Brazilian forward made only two league starts last term before establishing himself this season.
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Defender Kyle Walker-Peters was thrown in at the Nou Camp for only his second start of the season.
And despite an error for the goal, Pochettino has ruled out sending him away on a loan spell with the 21-year-old potentially getting an extended run in the side.
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He said: “Like always, who deserves more is going to play. You know me, I am so happy with his performance. All the players can struggle sometimes in some actions but the most important thing is to see the big picture and he was very good.
“What pleased me the most in his performance was that from the beginning he started very well, he suffered in this action, and then we concede but he played very well.
“Of course, I wanted to protect him in the second half because he had picked up a yellow card. But I am so happy and so proud of how he managed the pressure — I am very pleased and I talk very highly of him. Have I ever considered loaning him out? Now, no. Now, for me, he is one of the best options.”
Spurs return to Premier League action against Burnley today with Pochettino sympathetic towards the struggles of opposite number Sean Dyche.
The Clarets are 17th after failing to replicate previous campaigns and Pochettino said: “He deserves a lot of credit. After the many years he has been involved he is doing a fantastic job of course.
“He deserves amazing credit to manage a club with not too much budget and always performs in a way that got very good results.”