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Sky Sports pundit makes claim over Tottenham January transfer plans

By Will Butcher

Dean Saunders believes Mauricio Pochettino will put Tottenham’s Champions League woes behind them by strengthening his squad in the January transfer window.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker believes the Tottenham boss will look to bring in reinforcements in less than a fortnight, after a poor campaign in Europe.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily show on Tuesday, Saunders also claimed that Argentine Pochettino would be high on the agenda of most clubs if they needed a new manager.

“I think if any big clubs needed a manager, he would be in the frame,” Saunders said. “He spreads the philosophy throughout a club. He puts a formula in place, that is organised and implements that.

“The longer he stays in that job, the more he will learn. He will learn from last season and I imagine he will do something about the Champions League disappointment in the January transfer window.”

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Tottenham finished with just two wins out of six games in Group E of the Champions League, both coming against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.

Playing their home games at Wembley, the north London club lost to both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen as they held on to qualify for a Europa League spot in third.

Pochettino will be expected to be better in his recruitment if he does look to add reinforcements in January.

Summer signings Moussa Sissoko, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou are yet to prove their worth this season, costing a combined £60million.

In the Premier League, Tottenham next face a difficult away trip to the south coast to face Southampton on December 28, as they look to increase the pressure on fourth placed Arsenal.

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