Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham to make new signings in coming weeks

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino expects more additions this summer but has ruled out strengthening his central defence.

Spurs have, so far during this window, secured the services of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama from Southampton and striker Vincent Janssen, who left former club AZ after one season to compliment Harry Kane.

Pochettino, entering his third season in charge at White Hart Lane, believes their spending will continue and is happy with his defensive options behind first-choice pairing of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

“I expect some signings in the next few weeks — we’ll see what happens. We expect some activity, yes,” he told reporters.

“Jan Vertonghen is in London but he is training very well now. He’s very close to coming back. Wimmer, Alderweireld and Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama can play centre-back. And then young players like CCV [Carter-Vickers] and Ball. We have enough players in that position.

“He [Vertonghen] is going well in the last few days and we’ll see when we arrive Monday and start training with all group what condition he is. If it’s not possible [for him to play against Everton], we have players enough to replace him.”

Spurs came agonisingly close to ending a 55-year wait to become English champions last season, ultimately finishing third behind champions Leicester City and north London rivals Arsenal.

Champions League qualification, their second ever campaign in the competition, means the need for squad depth is paramount.

Wanyama, who played 97 matches for the Saints across three seasons, has prior experience in the competition with Scottish champions Celtic.

Last season, he would manage to feature in 30 league matches, scoring once and creating a further goal. His discipline came under scrutiny, though, after collecting four yellow cards and being sent off on three occasions.

The absence of Mousa Dembele, who misses Spurs’ first four games of the new season, presents an opportunity for the Kenyan to stake a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team.


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