Paul Merson gives his verdict on Tottenham summer signings, questions Sissoko move
By Amir Mir
Paul Merson has questioned whether Tottenham can kick on from last season after being unconvinced by their summer signings.
The Sky Sports pundit gave Spurs a grade of B- for their five summer signings, which ended with the headline capture of Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle just minutes before the Wednesday night cut-off.
Spurs spent £70.6 million on transfers this summer, with Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Pau Lopez and Sissoko all making a switch to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Ex-Arsenal playmaker Merson stated that Spurs needed more strength in depth if they were to push on from the 3rd placed finish of last season.
“Vincent Janssen is a young lad still and Victor Wanyama is a solid signing for Spurs,” Merson wrote in his Sky Sports column. “As for Moussa Sissoko, it depends what player you get. Are you getting the one from the Euros, or the one that played for Newcastle last season?
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“I think they still needed a few more squad players to really kick on from last season.”
The north London club also sold duo Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason for £13 million apiece, as Pochettino aims for another title push, with Champions League football on the horizon.
Like last season, Spurs will be competing in four competitions this term, but instead of Europa League football, the Londoners’ will be preparing for a tough Champions League campaign.
Despite a hectic 53-game season in 2015-16, Pochettino still managed to guide the club to a Champions League place.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Jose Mourinho blocked a transfer deadline day move for this Manchester United player.