Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has criticised the timing of the transfer window in the Premier League, saying it leaves clubs ‘vulnerable’ to bids from foreign sides.
The transfer window closed on Thursday, with Spurs bringing in Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon as the hours ticked away before the 5pm deadline.
The Premier League voted last season to change the transfer window so it closes before the season starts, with the hope that it causes less distractions to managers trying to prepare their sides for matches.
However, teams from other leagues can still buy players from England until their local window closes, and Pochettino believes this is a ‘big problem’ for Premier League sides.
‘Sometimes it’s going to be difficult. Any club from Europe can create a big problem,’ said Pochettino. ‘They have many different objectives, different challenges and different thoughts.
‘That is why it surprised me when they decided to close the window in England earlier. It gives Europe the opportunity to create problems here and I think it’s not common sense.
‘We open the door for different clubs in Europe to create a confusion in your squad. I think we need to go back and operate in the same way Europe operates now.’
Having not signed a player for two successive windows, Spurs brought in Sessegnon, Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, as well as signing Jack Clarke, but loaning him back to Leeds.
The club also held onto Christian Eriksen, who had been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Pochettino is not sure a deal for the Dane is dead.
‘I’m so happy with the squad today. I was happy before and now I’m happy plus. I’m a happy man,’ said the former Argentina international. ‘But I think it can be possible that we are more vulnerable.
‘It’s about the decision between the club and of course the player. I am going to coach the player. I don’t know what is going on between the clubs.
‘This is my sixth season and you know I am not involved in negotiations, in deals with agents. I don’t have an agent, I don’t deal with agents. I don’t deal with money, I deal with nothing related to contracts.’
Having reached the Champions League final last season and establishing Tottenham as a force in Europe’s top competition, Pochettino has been roundly praised for the job he has done in north London.
However is yet to win a trophy at the club he joined in 2014, and he says that this is the season to change that.
‘My personal feeling, now I’m about to start my sixth season, is that a good season for us is to lift a trophy. Carabao Cup, FA Cup, Premier League, Champions League, you know,’ said the Spurs boss.
‘It’s not to put pressure on the team or the club but if you ask me to be successful this season is not [just]to finish in the top four.
‘For me it’s to win some title. Because if not, after last season and the [Champions League] final, the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, it’s like “come on, we are always there but we cannot touch the glory.”‘