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What Spurs should do next: “Pochettino to lay down a statement of intent”

By Squawka News

Published: 10:58, 7 July 2019

Tottenham fans will still be feeling pretty smug about the 2018/19 season, having reached the Champions League final and secured a fourth consecutive top-four finish.

However, with the new campaign just around the corner, the question of progress – and how to achieve it – is very much on the agenda in north London.

Spurs have solidified their place among the big boys and the summer transfer window represents an opportunity to send a statement of intent.

The purchase of Tanguy Ndombele for a club-record fee represents precisely that. The Frenchman was wanted by a host of top clubs and convincing him to choose Spurs should be seen as a coup.

There is no doubt that Mauricio Pochettino’s presence would have been a key factor in the midfielder’s decision. After all, the Argentine is the glue that holds the entire project together.

Daniel Levy is famously tight-fisted but he may well need to sanction further purchases given that Christian Eriksen has voiced a desire to leave and question marks over Toby Alderweireld’s future remain.

Some exciting names continue to be linked with the Lilywhites, including Real Betis dribble king Giovani Lo Celso, but who fits into the Pochettino philosophy and who is not fit to wear the shirt?

A Champions League final appearance has been referred to as a glass ceiling moment for Spurs, but they certainly can’t afford to stand still this summer.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all in a state of flux so surely Spurs need to seize the opportunity in front of them rather than rest on their laurels?

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