'He needs to focus' - Pochettino sends warning to Rose after transfer criticisms

'He needs to focus' - Pochettino sends warning to Rose after transfer criticisms

He said: "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". Spurs have done next to nothing in the summer transfer market.

A day later Rose, a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, issued a full mea culpa. Pochettino will want another season of consolidation in the top four, but he will also like to see this team win a trophy and it could be that the domestic cups are treated with more respect than they have been recently. There is no doubting the quality that the England worldwide offers, but he was displaced in the team last season by Kieran Trippier and the Spurs manager will have faith that the right-back can step up over the next 12 months. When you sign players like Eric Dier, who are internationals today, nobody knew him.

We are working hard and I am sure we will add some players by the end of the transfer window.

Four Spurs players made it into the PFA Team of the Year last season but Christian Eriksen was not one of them despite arguably being the clubs best player from January onwards.

Left the building: Filip Lesniak - Aalborg, Tom McDermott - released, Joe Muscatt - released, Charlie Owens - QPR, Zenon Stylianides - released, Conor Ogilvie - Gillingham (loan), Luke McGee - Portsmouth, Kyle Walker - Manchester City, Clinton N'Jie - Marseille, Federico Fazio - Roma. But with their title rivals strengthening so significantly, hopes of a title challenge have been fading. He cleaned up his act last season, and was a joy to watch. If he can keep his current squad together he'll fancy his chances of bringing home plenty of silverware over the next few seasons.

This also follows yet another recurring hamstring issue for the striker who has been plagued by them and "confidence" issues in recent years, which restricted him to only 26 starts last season, including only five of the final 20 Championship matches.

Spurs didn't suffer many long-term injuries last season. Spurs may be in a club of one soon, an unwanted position.

Harry Kane again recorded phenomenal goal-scoring stats last season, hitting 29 in 30 league appearances, providing seven assists to boot. But rather than finish their season in style, they were on the receiving end of a resounding 5-1 defeat. This is more a problem for me, he's our player.

Spurs are now the only team in the top-flight that have yet to make a new signing this summer. "With the players we have we can compete in a very good way".

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