Mauricio Pochettino agreed a new five-year deal with Tottenham Hotspur worth £42.5m which has gone done very well with supporters. He earned his initially appointment four years ago after impressing at Southampton and is now regarded as one of the best managers in Europe for his work at Spurs.
The 46-year-old has led the Lilywhites to the brink of success since taking charge in 2014 and he has no intention of leaving just yet. Such loyalty should bode well for Tottenham’s chances of picking up major silverware. Or will it?
Can Tottenham ever match the spending of their rivals?
Since joining Tottenham, Pochettino has led them to fifth place in 2014/15, third in 2015/16, second in 2016/17 and third in 2017/18. They picked up an impressive 86 points in 2016/17 as Chelsea won the title but may not come that close again given how much money their rivals will likely spend to strengthen their side over the summer.
Tottenham finished 23 points off champions Manchester City last season, but Pep Guardiola isn’t resting on his laurels and could take his spending up to £600m this summer if he lands his three summer targets. Manchester United, who finished second, have already spent over £300m on new recruits and will be busy in the transfer market ahead of next season.
Liverpool spent £75m to sign central defender Virgil van Dijk and could be given a lucrative cash prize if they win the Champions League final on Saturday. Even Arsenal had their biggest-ever spending spree, paying £46m for Alexandre Lacazette and £60m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Chelsea could scrap their sell-to-buy policy after missing out on the top-four last season, as they look set to replace manager Antonio Conte for ex-Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri. It’s hard to see owner Roman Abramovich not giving a sizeable transfer kitty for the 59-yewar-old to spend after the Blues endured a woeful campaign.
Tottenham, on the other hand, are breaking even each season, never spending outside their means, which makes finishing in the top-four a priority to stay in touching distance of their rivals. Pochettino has worked wonders with considerably less in the form of resources.
Trophy drought continues to haunt Spurs
While Pochettino has been praised for leading Tottenham to the brink of glory at a fraction of the cost of their rivals, one major disappointment has been the lack of silverware so far. It’s been four years since he joined the club, and few would have expected Tottenham to still be suffering a trophy drought in 2018. It’s been 10 years since they won the 2007/08 League Cup.
Spurs lost in the 2014/15 final to Chelsea, Pochettino’s first season, and have made the semi-finals of the FA Cup in each of the last two campaigns, but they still haven’t got the monkey off their back for all their hard work. Tottenham are a fantastic side now, but they still have nothing to show for it. Trophy success may be imperative to keep their best players at the club, as we all know how much they’re underpaid compared to their counterparts.