No sign­ings, no prob­lem, says con­fi­dent Erik­sen

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OR­LANDO: Chris­tian Erik­sen is adamant Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s lack of ac­tion in the trans­fer mar­ket this sum­mer will not ham­per man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s push for the Pre­mier League ti­tle. While Manch­ester United, Manch­ester City and Chelsea have all spent vast amounts in the last few weeks, Tot­ten­ham have brought in no fresh faces to boost a squad who’ve gone close to land­ing the cham­pi­onship for the past two cam­paigns.

In­deed, the North Lon­don side have been left weaker with England full-back Kyle Walker sign­ing for City coach Pep Guardi­ola last week in a £50 mil­lion ($65 mil­lion) deal while Eric Dier, the English in­ter­na­tional, con­tin­ues to be courted by Manch­ester United.

Yet Dan­ish mid­fielder Erik­sen, who has seen great up­heaval of play­ing per­son­nel over his five years at Tot­ten­ham, be­lieves the Ar­gen­tine man­ager is clev­erly and pa­tiently build­ing a squad who are aim­ing to go one bet­ter when the Pre­mier League sea­son starts next month.

“I don’t think you need to spend to win any­thing,” said the 25-year-old for­mer Ajax mid­fielder ahead of to­day’s In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup game against Paris St. Ger­main at the Camp­ing World Sta­dium. “It’s just a mat­ter of how you see a team, how the play­ers are - only Walker has left in our team and we know what we did last sea­son so I can’t see why we shouldn’t be able to do hope­fully even bet­ter. “I think it will be very close this sea­son be­cause ev­ery­one is in Europe and ev­ery­one has to think about two or three tour­na­ments and the top sides will want to win ev­ery­thing so the key is to try and keep ev­ery­one fit and sharp.” Manch­ester United have al­ready spent £100 mil­lion while Chelsea have just paid Real Madrid £58 mil­lion for striker Al­varo Mo­rata.

SPEND­ING ‘AN ENGLISH THING’

But Erik­sen added: “It’s an English thing where you have to spend money to win some­thing ap­par­ently. “But also I read some­thing from the gaffer where he said our club are just dif­fer­ent com­pared to other clubs in that we don’t spend as much money as them. “When I came (to the club) there were seven new play­ers at the same time and you saw how that ended and now the last few sea­sons we haven’t bought as many play­ers and it’s changed around. “Of course you have to have a phi­los­o­phy.You need a plan and it looks like we have one.”

Po­chet­tino, along with chair­man Daniel Levy, have tied down star striker Harry Kane to a long-term deal while England mid­fielder Dele Alli also sees his im­me­di­ate fu­ture at Spurs de­spite grow­ing in­ter­est from across Europe. A young, tal­ented side is bristling with self-be­lief and con­fi­dence ahead of what prom­ises to be a fas­ci­nat­ing cam­paign.

Erik­sen added: “We as a team are very young and ev­ery­one has a long con­tract, no-one has to go away they are happy where they are. Of course it’s some­thing we can im­prove and help on be­cause when you are young you learn and that’s what we are do­ing now. “Ev­ery­one knows we have been very close the last two sea­sons so I think in that time some­thing has been brew­ing and now this is the third sea­son with the man­ager to be­come even bet­ter than we were. “It’s the same lads try­ing to be­come bet­ter, help each other and that makes it eas­ier. —AFP

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