As the only Premier League side not to make any summer signings heading into this campaign, Spurs were the subject of much criticism across football media as pundits and fans alike dismissed their chances of challenging for silverware.
A couple of early season defeats appeared to have given many of those naysayers a case to say ‘I told you so’. But following a 1-0 win over Cardiff City before October’s international break, Tottenham find themselves amongst favourites to win the 18/19 Premier League across bookies sign up offers.
Spurs sit just two points behind leaders Manchester City and with 18 points from eight games, and Pochettino’s men are one point ahead of where they were this time last season having played two of their ‘Top Six’ rivals already.
If Spurs are going to challenge this term however, investment may need to come in January and if not, then planting seeds for targets in next summer’s window needs to be high on the agenda now.
Luckily such work may well be going behind the scenes already as reports have surfaced that 18-year-old English wonderkid Jadon Sancho is high on Poch’s wish list.
After his impressive start to the season at Borussia Dortmund where he has already notched eight assists and a goal for the German league leaders, Sancho’s prodigious displays earned him a call up to England’s national team for the Nation’s League encounter with Croatia on Friday. Sancho looked as at home in the senior national side as he has so far in the Bundesliga, with Premier League bosses sure to have taken note of how the exceptional young English attacker performed.
Dortmund have already been shrewd in securing Sancho’s signature on a contract extension that will run to June 2022 and includes no release clause, with suggestions that based on his age and current market value, it would take a fee of around £100 million to lure Sancho to the new White Hart Lane.
Chairman Daniel Levy is notoriously tight with the purse-strings, hence Tottenham’s lack of business in recent windows with the Northumberland Development Project ongoing, but in Sancho there lies a talent that is worth Levy releasing the moths from his wallet as he could be moulded into a perfect addition to this current Spurs team.
Young, English and blessed with trickery, speed and attacking flair, Sancho looks tailor made for the Tottenham ranks and given Pochettino’s inclination to back young stars, the Argentinian would be sure to bring Sancho along even further and boost his development. Spurs were heavily linked with Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish in the summer for a reported £30 million and have since been keeping tabs on Man United’s out of favour Anthony Martial, but neither of those 23-year-old options would make as much sense as signing Sancho, despite the reduced transfer fees. To put it bluntly, Martial has never consistently performed in the Premier League and Grealish is yet to play in the top division.
Featuring week in week out in the Bundesliga and now starting his promising international journey, at just eighteen, Jadon Sancho is already the standout target if Tottenham are to go shopping for a winger.