Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen feels that the club’s lack of spending will have to no effect on their progress in the upcoming campaign.
The Belgian international also adds that the pressure is on their Premier League opponents with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea having spent fees in excess of £100m to recruit players.
In a report by Goal.com, Vertonghen said: “But with spending there’s a lot of pressure on the teams. There are four, five teams maybe who have to become champions now and that will put great pressure on them. That makes the Premier League the best league in the world to watch. It’s a great thing to play in. I’m happy everyone has strengthened their teams because that makes it so much better when you beat them.”
Spurs made an improvement on the 2015/16 campaign where they finished third in order to finish runners-up to Chelsea last term. And Vertonghen feels that the club are moving in the right direction despite having made no signings in the summer transfer window. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be focusing on the club’s youth academy, and the club are looking to develop their facilities further prior to the switch to their new stadium next summer.
The North London giants managed a near perfect record with 15 wins in 18 games in their final second at White Hart Lane, and they will now need to adapt to the country’s national stadium, where they will be plying their trade for the 2017/18 campaign. Spurs faced early exits in both the Champions League and Europa League at the Wembley last term, while they also struggled in the FA semi-final against Chelsea which they lost by a 4-2 score line amid the disappointment of their fans.
Spurs sold one of their main first-team members in Kyle Walker to Manchester City earlier this summer, and this could encourage their transfer activity as there is no experienced backup Kieran Trippier for the right wing-back spot.