Spurs boss Pochettino defends lack of summer spending - 'No regrets'

Pochettino happy with Spurs squad despite no signings

Spurs' injury problems have prompted renewed questions about the club's decision not to sign players during the summer - an issue chairman Daniel Levy addressed during a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust.

"You know the market and you know you're going to compete with different clubs", said the manager.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he had no regrets over not making an off-season signing, saying he was unwilling to be drawn into adding players for the sake of it.

"I am not surprised", Pochettino said. Yes, I have money to spend but is it enough or not? 'It is so important to have almost all the squad fit to compete and give us options to rotate and share the games'. If I am responsible for picking a starting XI, I need to take the responsibility, I can not ask the fans who should play.

It would be fair to say then that he comes into one of West Ham's biggest games of the season in good form, although there are concerns that the knee injury that forced him out of the Chelsea game hasn't quite cleared up.

"We are always trying to improve our squad because football is dynamic", he told United Kingdom newspapers.

'Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up, or to change the dynamic in the dressing room.

"If you need to sign to make people happy or to be like other clubs that is not common sense".

'We tried to sign players but we could not achieve what we need or what we want'.

"It was a good time for us (the global break) because we are going to recover a few players like Christian and Mousa Dembele", Pochettino said.

Tottenham head in to the weekend action sitting fifth in the table but with just two points separating them from top-of-the table Manchester City, Spurs can keep the pressure on their rivals with a win over West Ham on Saturday.

If they start with a victory against the Hammers it will be the first time since 1961 that Spurs have won five London derbies in a row. They had a four-match winless streak in 2015-16 and a seven-match winless run in 2016-17, starting on October 15.

They went into the global break on the back of three successive league wins and will aim to extend that against a West Ham side whose recent upturn in form hit the buffers at Brighton. If the politicians now realise it will be tough and it will be bad for England, why not go back and explain, "This is what is going to happen to us".

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