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Mauricio Pochettino’s “time” comment hints that clock is ticking on Spurs tenure

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 13:37, 10 November 2019

Mauricio Pochettino has questioned whether he will be given the time to turn Tottenham’s fortunes around after their big summer of spending.

Spurs, who didn’t make a single acquisition in the 2018/19 season, made French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele their most expensive signing for a reported £54m when he joined from Lyon in July.

Spurs’ unsettled team: Five key things to know…

  • Pochettino has so far used 24 players in the 2019/20 Premier League season.
  • Moussa Sissoko is the only individual to play in every league game (12) to date.
  • Summer recruits Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso have played 10 and six matches respectively.
  • Pochettino has yet to hold down a regular starting team.
  • Following the 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United, he hinted time to forge the team he wants may not be afforded to him.

He wasn’t the only new face, with Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso arriving from Real Betis – initially on a season-long loan – and highly-rated multi-functional teenager Ryan Sessegnon crossing the capital.

A number of players were reportedly linked with departures, notably Chistian Erisken and Toby Alderweireld (who are both in the final year of their present contracts), but there hasn’t been a mass exodus with Kieran Trippier the only regular first-team to depart before the 2019/20 campaign began.

When asked after hie side’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield United, which no doubt places further pressure on his shoulders, if it will be a gradual process before we see the Spurs team he wants Pochettino was frank in his assessment and hinted that time might be against him.

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“I think you can see that yes we need to find the balance,” he told reporters.

“We are building a team during the season, while competing in the Champions League and Premier League, the toughest league in the world, and that is dangerous, this type of situation can happen.

“You expect better results than you get. Of course we are in a process to build and we’ll see if we have time to build what we want.”

Spurs occupy 12th place in the Premier League table and are well off the top-four pace, with some sections of the fanbase beginning to question whether Pochettino remains the right man to take the club forward.