Spurs boss Pochettino urges Premier League to use ‘common sense’ and make transfer change

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thinks Premier League clubs now understand it was a mistake to bring forward the transfer deadline day to the beginning of the season, which this year saw the window close at 5pm on August 8.

Clubs in the other major European leagues can still continue to sign players until September 2, which leaves teams in the Premier League in the situation of being able to continue to sell players but having no opportunity of signing a replacement if they do.

Spurs were one of 14 the clubs who voted for bringing forward the transfer deadline, with five voting against the idea and one club abstaining.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City voted against the idea as they were concerned clubs might be left short if players are sold after the transfer window shuts and clubs left in a position of being unable to replace them.

I think he [Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake

Mauricio Pochettino

And Pochettino admitted he has those same concerns and believes his chairman Daniel Levy realises the mistake of agreeing to close the transfer window before the first game of the season.

“I wasn’t in agreement, but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs,” Pochettino said.

“But I think he [Levy] and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. 

“I hope that we fix the problem for the next season. 

“I think we need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League. 

“Champions League teams can be a problem for a team like us and it’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three or weeks clubs from Europe can unsettle your team. 

“For me it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick. I hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly.”

One player who could be an issue for Pochettino is Christian Eriksen.

The 27-year-old only has one year left on his contract and isn’t interested in signing a new deal with Tottenham.

It is believed Eriksen is looking for a new challenge, with Real Madrid reportedly interested in bringing the Denmark international to La Liga.

Tottenham find themselves in a tricky situation as they don’t want to sell the midfielder on the cheap but also don’t want to be in the situation where Eriksen runs down his contract this season and then leaves on a free transfer next summer.

It is understood that Los Blancos, who see Eriksen as a likely successor to Luka Modric in the middle of the park, are preparing a make a bid for the playmaker before their window closes at the beginning of next month.

Tottenham had a busy summer transfer window, signing midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for £54million from Lyon, along with Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham for £25m.

Jack Clarke was signed from Leeds for £10m and then loaned back to the Yorkshire club this season, while Giovani Lo Celso joined on a season-long loan from Real Betis with Spurs also holding an option to buy the player if they wish.

And Pochettino reiterated that Spurs have to operate in a different way to their league rivals.

“We sign players who are young and have the potential,” he said.

“Tanguy Ndombele only played two seasons at Lyon, didn’t win anything and we brought him here to try to make him a top player.

“Giovani Lo Celso on loan from Real Betis is similar. Ryan Sessegnon is more of a potential player. And, of course, we signed Jack Clarke.

“When you compare with the different teams who are in the same race as us it’s a completely different way.

“People understand we are playing to try to win but we have different resources to fight in the same race with teams that operate in a different way.”

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