Spurs finished fifth last season, six points behind Manchester United and one point ahead of Liverpool. With such narrow margins it is baffling they have conducted so little business in comparison to the their Northwest England rivals, especially considering they finished a whopping 11 points behind Arsenal in third.
Daniel Levy deserves credit for bringing out the chequebook to sign Toby Alderweireld for £11.5 million from Atletico Madrid and Kevin Wimmer from FC Koln for £4.3 million. Centre-back has been a problem for the North London club. For the past two seasons they have conceded over 50 goals and have never conceded less than 40 in the Premier League era - the general hallmark of a good defence.
With Alderweireld shining on-loan in a miserly Southampton defence that let in only 33 goals, likewise Wimmer in a Koln side that conceded 40, Tottenham should be tighter at the back.
Credit should be awarded for signing Kieran Trippier from Burnley for £3.5 million; he should give Kyle Walker the competition he deserves. However, that is where it stops.
The midfield was neither here nor there last season in regards to creativity and defensive protection. Heavy 3-0 defeats against Liverpool at White Hart Lane and Manchester United at Old Trafford are stand out examples.
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Furthermore they are both prone to vacating defensive zones as the videos above show. Sevilla's Grzegorz Krychowiak would be a prime candidate to takeover one of their positions. Although more of a card magnet than the other two (13 yellows and one red in La Liga last season), the Polish international is a thoroughbred defensive midfielder who holds his station as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi found out the hard way.
What's more, although Sevilla are set to play in the Champions League they are a bonafide selling club. AC Milan, who now have not qualified for Europe in the last two seasons, signed the La Liga club's star striker Carlos Bacca.
What cannot wait is bolstering the wafer thin attacking line-up. With Emmanuel Adebayor on his way out and Roberto Soldado at a crossroads, Harry Kane is the only other striker at the club.
The 22-year-old scored 21 goals last season but he is far from a seasoned veteran and to lump all expectation on his young shoulders is unfair.
With many other potential targets moving to other clubs Spurs could do worse than have a look at West Brom's Saido Berahino. The Burundi-born England Under 21 international compliments Kane's positional sense with his own brand of frantic movement.
The 21-year-old scored 14 goals for a struggling side last campaign and has a marginally better record for the U21 side than Kane (10 goals in 11 appearances compared to 8 goals in 12). He would also give Pochettino the option of switching to a 4-4-2.
With less than one month left until the transfer window closes Tottenham need to make haste or wind up further behind the elusive top four spots.