Becoming the first Premier League club to not recruit during a summer transfer window since transfer windows were made a thing, Tottenham’s Daniel Levy decided one wasn’t enough, so he made it two on the trot by not purchasing in January either.
Despite this, Spurs currently sit third in the Premier League and are through to the Champions League quarter finals where they will face Manchester City after seeing off a tepid Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.
A lot of this success has been down to Mauricio Pochettino, who has helped the club grow impressively since his appointment in 2014, but that will probably only last for so long.
Speaking to L’Equipe, Hugo Lloris was asked about the advantages and disadvantages of not signing anyone this season, and while he tried his best to sound positive, there were some doubts as to whether this should be a regular thing.
He said: “When there’s a new face, especially when you bring in quality, it adds some freshness, but the positive is that we’ve played together for years. It’s hard to talk about a subject that’s the board’s and the chairman’s responsibility. It’s their decision.
“We remain employees, but yes, in modern football, it’s becoming more and more rare. We can even go as far as saying it never happens, that’s true, but I think that if we want to go up a level, it won’t be enough.”
As L’Equipe point out, this is something Mauricio Pochettino has brought up in the past, and it seems unlikely history will repeat itself next summer, especially now that Tottenham have made it clear they *will* be at their new stadium soon.
After all, what’s the point of a shiny state-of-the-art ground if you can’t unveil a new signing in it?