Mauricio Pochettino explains why it can be tough to convince some new players to sign for Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been talking about how difficult it is to convince some players to join the club when they know established stars are already there.

In the summer Spurs became the first club in Premier League history to not sign anyone since the creation of the summer transfer window.

Pochettino admitted that some players are scared off by the names already at the club, including Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.

He also pointed the finger at the media when asked if it was tough to make new signings because of the players already at the club.

“Yes, and you make it difficult, my job! You all! When after not playing Harry Kane, you all say why didn’t you play Harry Kane. Or why not this player or another. Before you ask for more signings but when I try to play with all the squad you’re the first to translate that feeling of why not player that one or another. You make it difficult my job! I think my answer is clear!” he said with a chuckle.

He added: “It’s difficult, because you’re talking about top players like Harry Kane. It’s not easy for a striker to come here and compete. It’s football. Look at the big teams, look what happens at Barcelona.

“There’s Luis Suarez but Paco Alcacer needed to move away and now at Borussia Dortmund he’s doing a fantastic job and scoring goals. Because football is difficult to play with two or three strikers.

“If you want to dominate games you need more midfielders than strikers. If you want to play more direct or in a different way, maybe you play with wingers, fast, you know the balance is important, always to have a plan who you want to play.

“There are many things. But of course when you want to sign a striker, always they say ‘why do you want me why you have Harry Kane?’. That’s true and that’s right, that’s the first question from the agent or the player when you meet the player of course.”