Pochettino’s side have struggled at the national stadium in recent times, including in their awful Champions League campaign past year where they did not make it out of the group stage.
“We need players who can challenge our starting XI, players who believe in themselves and think: ‘OK, I can challenge Dele Alli, I can challenge Harry Kane”, said Pochettino.
Tottenham fans are understandably concerned over the club’s lack of activity in the summer transfer window.
The aptly named Kyle Walker-Peters has been touted as that possible replacement, but despite impressing in the preseason, the 20-year-old is still yet to play a single minute of senior football. “We’re going to strengthen our squad and sign some players who can help us fight”. I don’t think they can afford to lose a Dele Alli right now or even a [Christian] Eriksen unless they really go out there and replace them with someone solid.
Spurs finished with a record points haul last season – but standing still this summer may cost them.
West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford and West Brom are the subjects of part five of our Premier League preview.
The gaffer: Mauricio Pochettino – In his three years at White Hart Lane, Pochettino has turned Tottenham Hotspur into genuine title challengers. Josh Onomah, another of the Spurs production line who was on the fringes of the first-team last season has joined Aston Villa on loan. He was injured at the start of the season and Tottenham made a slow start.
Pochettino, though, retains full faith in those already at his disposal and says he would rather triumph through careful tinkering than by attempting to buy success. If that pattern is maintained, they will win the Premier League title this season and that surely has to be the aim of the club.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has proved that he is very good at giving young players a fair chance and improving them at the same time.
Ashley’s quotes were timed nearly immediately after Rafa Benitez couldn’t have spelt it out more clearly: “It…is…obvious…that…we…need…a…striker”. Although they have a strong first eleven, they don’t have depth across the pitch and a couple of injuries to key players could provide a huge problem to the Argentine coach.
On the Tottenham game, Dummett added: “They have some of the best players in the league, but we’ve worked hard and prepared well”.
Spurs did finally finish above north London rivals Arsenal last term, however, Champions League qualification may not be enough to keep their best players.