Tottenham Hotspur boss, Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that there may not be a new arrival at the club in January.
Spurs failed to make any signing during the last transfer window.
Although this hasn’t really affected the North London club who are through to the Champions League last 16 and in touching distance with Premier League leaders, Liverpool and Manchester City.
However, with the busy festive period on the horizon, fatigue may begin to set in.
Still, the Argentine believes January additions take longer to gel, due to a lack of pre-season.
Lucas Moura, for instance, only got into his stride after proper preparation six months after his initial move.
Asked if he would be disappointed if they did not bring in anyone, he said: “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.
“Sometimes, players who maybe don’t play too much they need to go and play in another (club). OK, you can manage, but players that cannot manage to spend all the season not being important in the team, that is the moment to talk with players that are maybe disappointed because they don’t play too much.
“Maybe the best decision is to send them on loan or to sell some players but that is about when the moment arrives to talk with different players.”
Tottenham fans will quite rightly be frustrated by these words. With the club so close to a title chase, it must be horrible for the fans to see the club so reluctant to invest in that extra quality that could well prove to be the difference in the title race.
Recent additions for both Liverpool (van Dijk) and Manchester City (Laporte) have greatly improved their respective clubs defensively.
The biggest worry for Spurs will be the lack of depth in their squad, particularly in midfield.