Mauricio Pochettino: 'Of course we will sign players'


No Tottenham player is suspended for the trip to St. James' Park, with Dele Alli's ongoing three-match ban only valid for European competition.

The club's progression since Mauricio Pochettino took the helm is clear to see. Yedlin arrived from Tottenham on a permanent deal last summer for a fee of £5m.

Tottenham lost Kyle Walker to Manchester City earlier in the summer and have only one, first-team right-back left on their books in Kieran Trippier.

The injured left-back has since apologised for his comments questioning the club's ambition and claimed he is "worth more" than his current salary but it has undoubtedly cast a shadow over his team's start to the season.

Tottenham start their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United on August 13 and Kyle Walker-Peters, a 20-year-old who has never played in the top flight, could be in line to play after coming on to replace Trippier.

And Rose, speaking in a recent interview, has expressed his frustration at Spurs" lack of ambition in the transfer window and voiced a desire to play "up north' in a bid to win trophies.

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Neville was, however, not critical of the fact that Rose wants a move away from Tottenham but he was upset at how the entire episode played out. But if one or more of their best players go down with injuries, there isn't an equal amount of talent waiting in the wings.

None of the last nine winners of the Championship have won their first match in the Premier League after promotion (D2 L7). The hand-wringing about playing a season at Wembley may be overblown, but Spurs were undefeated in the last season at the Lane, and it's always tough to adapt to playing in a new place. That's big. Keeping the band together is probably the single most important thing they can do to keep their positive momentum. "Maybe for one or two and I hope they do". The manager has engendered a strong degree of loyalty from his players, although the departure of Walker is a reminder that personal ambition - and indeed the promise of a hefty pay rise - can lure anybody away.

Furthermore, Spurs sent scouts to watch the Valencia right-back in action for Portugal two months ago.

"We have a very clear philosophy", Pochettino added.

Pochettino said: "I have my idea and when we finished last season I said we will follow a plan and I have not changed in my mind what we need to add to this team". And he needs to make Wembley seem daunting not for his men but for the teams Spurs are hosting there.