Jose Mourinho made things crystal clear immediately after his appointment as Tottenham head coach in November 2019 in regards to his January transfer plans.
Struggling for form and way down the league table after a nightmare start under Mauricio Pochettino, Daniel Levy turned to the experienced head coach in his quest to see Spurs hit the next level.
Rather than claim that he needed to bring in reinforcements to help the team recover and challenge towards the top once again, the 58-year-old stated that he didn’t need new signings as he was happy with the players currently at the club.
“Players? The best gift is the ones that are here,” he claimed. “I don’t need players. I don’t need players.
“I am so happy with what I have. I just need time to understand them better and know everything about them because I always say you only know a player when you work with them.
“Of course how many times have I watched these guys, how many times have I played against them.
“I knew them well but never know them well enough until you work with them and my gift is this squad because the squad is very, very good.”
Following a run of four wins from his five Premier League games in charge of the Lilywhites, results and performances soon started to turn and it became clear to Mourinho that he needed fresh blood to give his team a much-needed boost.
Gedson Fernandes was the first player through the door as he joined on an 18-month loan deal from Benfica, with Spurs then completing the permanent signings of Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso, who was initially on loan, in the days leading up to the transfer deadline.
While Bergwijn was an immediate success following a bright start that saw him net against Man City and Wolves, Gedson just never got going and barely featured for the Lilywhites.
Two years on from Mourinho’s arrival in north London and Tottenham now have a new man at the helm following Antonio Conte’s appointment in place of Nuno Espirito Santo last Tuesday.
Unable to get their man during the summer after his Inter Milan exit, Levy and Fabio Paratici managed to tie up a deal for the Italian very swiftly after Espirito Santo was dismissed.
Maybe not a head coach for the long-term future going on the length of his stints at the other clubs he’s previously managed, it’s more about the here and now with Conte.
Known as a manager who does like to bring in new players in order to help improve his team and ensure they’re on track to win trophies, all eyes will be on what he does with Paratici in the January transfer market.
However, the managing director of football told football.london last Wednesday that he has yet to discuss potential January incomings with his fellow countryman.
“Not at all. Because we trust a lot in our players. We are focused to be better, like a club, like a team,” he said ahead of the European tie against Vitesse.
Although Paratici has claimed that transfer talks haven’t already taken place, it’s extremely hard to see Conte coming to Spurs without certain assurances and having discussed potential incomings and outgoings.
A club currently in the process of a rebuild with a host of young players coming in through the door this summer and many experienced players moving on, it’s clear to see that Tottenham still have plenty of work to do in the transfer market if they are to reach their previous heights under Pochettino once again.
The summer window is undoubtedly the easier out of the two to do deals in as limited players are available in January and prices are extremely high, but Levy and Tottenham may have to do a repeat of two years ago in order to give the new head coach what he wants as he looks to stamp his mark on the squad.
Conte will already have had his own ideas about what exactly he needed to do in terms of the squad before coming in at Tottenham, with the Italian no doubt learning an awful lot about his players over the past week at Hotspur Way.
As a large chunk of the first team are now on international duty with their respective countries, more will become clear over the coming weeks as the new head coach gets his plans in place and decides on his best formation and starting XI.
Tottenham may not have been frequent movers in the January transfer market in years gone by but Levy and Paratici will more than likely have to work their magic in order for Conte to freshen things up.
Doing exactly that for Mourinho in January 2020, Tottenham fans will have their fingers crossed the same happens again come the turn of the year.
Source by Football London