Mauricio Pochettino has said now is the time to double down on the strategy that has underpinned Tottenham Hotspur’s growth under his management as he resists calls to spend money to replace the absent Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.
With Kane injured and Son playing at the Asian Cup, Pochettino is so short of attacking options for Sunday’s trip to Fulham in the Premier League that he is considering fielding Dele Alli as a makeshift centre-forward.
But Pochettino said Spurs must not be “scared of the circumstances” that they find themselves in, calling for his players to “puff out their chests” in the absence of their two leading goal-scorers.
“It is so difficult in modern football,” Pochettino said. “Not all the people have that open mind to be patient and back that kind of project. It’s like now, because we suffer the injury of Kane and Son is going to the Asian Cup, [people are saying] we need to change our philosophy.
“No, now is the time to be stronger and to believe in the strategy. We were always open to signing but now we cannot take a wrong decision because we are scared of the circumstance. If we are scared of the circumstance, we are going to lose.”