The story so far
Mauricio Pochettino led Tottenham Hotspur to a comfortable third in the 2017/18 Premier league campaign, securing UEFA Champions League football for another season. This is the Argentinian’s fifth full season in charge of Spurs, and it has witnessed his best start, with 27 points coming from the team’s first 12 games. They are still only fourth, however, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all having superb early campaigns.
All this, of course, after a summer in which Spurs became the first team in Premier League history to make not one single signing during the transfer window. But was that necessarily a bad thing? In his time in north London, Pochettino (below) has proven his ability to find genuine talents at incredible value – think Dele Alli for £5m, Eric Dier for £4.5m, Kieran Trippier for £3.5m and Toby Alderweireld for £12m – but his record when spending big is perhaps more questionable. Centre-back Davinson Sanchez may still prove an excellent signing for £42m, but not one of Moussa Sissoko for £30m, Serge Aurier for more than £20m and Vincent Janssen for £17m represents money well spent.