HERE we are again Spurs fans.
Barely two weeks into the transfer window and we’ve gone into full panic mode.
We appear to be the only top Premier League club that doesn’t hit the ground running when that market klaxon sounds.
But why is that?
Sadly, there are several reasons, with chairman Daniel Levy slap bang in the middle of them.
His negotiation tactics, although largely successful, bring with them time constraints. His ability to grind down his competitors to the extent that they accept significantly smaller offers than first marketed is something he must be commended for in modern football.
He makes them desperate to accept any offer he plants in front of them. In short, he’s a genius.
However, these drawn out talks of course take far too long. Sure he might get his man on the cheap, but before you know it, the season is underway and Mauricio Pochettino has had no time to bed them in over the summer break.
The fact that Spurs didn’t sign a huge name last summer contradicts all of this however. Manchester United strengthened their side significantly with the signing of Paul Pogba (breaking the world transfer record in the process), and didn’t even manage top four.
Pochettino however, with the addition of squad players such as Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, still managed to sustain a title push without breaking the bank.
Sure that will settle a few net spend arguments with Arsenal fans, but the glamour of a big name is something fans yearn for.
It does appear that this is a sentiment very much echoed by the players currently at the club.
Danny Rose recently spoke out about the need to add a marquee signing to bolster their European push.
If that’s the vibe among the team, why hasn’t that been translated across to Pochettino and the board?
How can we undertake a third title race without the addition of a superstar? Harry Redknapp managed to lure Rafael van der Vaart to the club, why can’t Pochettino’s far more attractive package seal the deal?
It’s likely that the Argentine is part of the problem.
He’s been particularly vocal with fans over adding to his crop, with the manager making it abundantly clear that he’ll only add the correct names as not to disrupt the harmony within his youthful ranks.
Sign someone with an ego, and he risks upsetting the players who have remained so very loyal to him.
This begs the question, which superstar would suit Spurs?
Last summer the club were widely linked with Real Madrid midfielder Isco. Despite opening the season on the bench, the Spaniard quickly became a key part of their trophy haul.
It is perhaps his most attractive trait that he was willing to fight for his place at such a demanding club, a feature that Pochettino would have admired.
Thomas Lemar at Monaco is another that very much fits the bill.
Not only does he suit Spurs’ young and hungry squad, but his Champions League experience could prove valuable in their attempt to get past the group stage this time around.
If names like this aren’t on the club’s radar, then it’s time for fans to worry.
It’s without a doubt that the North London club will be in the race for the top four this coming season.
They’re simply too good a proposition not to be, and arguably still stronger than Ronald Koeman’s up-and-coming Everton side.
With a need to be more successful in Europe too, Tottenham will need a Champions League-worthy squad that can compete on all fronts.
Can they manage another summer without securing a superstar? Spurs fans may have to face the reality that this time around, the title may not be within their grasp.
But with plenty of the window left, can Levy pull something marvellous out of the bag?