Mauricio Pochettino warned Tottenham supporters not to expect any new arrivals in January despite the club’s troubling circumstances.
Pochettino is in the firing line for the first time in his Spurs career having only won three of the club’s 11 games this season. It’s left them ninth in the Premier League, out of the Carabao Cup and with just a point in two Champions League matches.
The ongoing uncertainty surrounding Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen’s futures are also becoming a real problem. The trio will be out of contract next summer, and so can leave for free.
There are also some doubts over whether Danny Rose, Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier will stick around as well.
It led Pochettino to confess that the squad has become unsettled following a barren run of form. In their last two games, in fact, Spurs fell to humiliating defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton.
Instead of bringing in some reinforcements, however, Pochettino plans to believe in his players.
“No, I don’t believe so. I believe in the players we have, the players that are at Tottenham today,” said the Spurs boss, according to Evening Standard.
“I respect the opinion of people who say we need to change something, in or out. But if it is my decision, I am going to stick with players because I know they have the quality.
“It’s only to unlock some situations that are going on in their minds. We have great quality to achieve the things we are expected to.”
Pochettino added: “The most important thing is to be all together and show a strong face to the problems, talk a lot. The most important is the players feel support from the manager.
“I trust them 200 per cent and believe they have the capacity and potential to change this type of situation, which not only happens at Tottenham but all clubs sooner or later. We have confidence, quality and time to make all things clear.”
Spurs will hope victory against Watford in the Premier League on Saturday will kick-start their campaign.