On this day 12 months ago a report in the Daily Mail highlighted the main areas where Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wanted to invest.
The report claimed that there was growing ‘frustration’ from the former boss toward a ‘lack of urgency’ when it came to Tottenham’s transfer activity.
It was suggested that Pochettino wanted five new signings, with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jarrod Bowen, and Carlos Soler all mentioned. The three priority positions, however, will make for the most damning reading.
Pochettino wanted a left-back, a centre-back and a centre-forward.
It can be argued that Tottenham did not sign a single player to fit those roles.
Ryan Sessegnon arrived, and can operate at left-back, but is far better known for his attacking roles since starring at Fulham. When it comes to centre-backs and centre-forwards, Tottenham made no movement.
Now, Pochettino is gone, but his successor Jose Mourinho has been left to field the likes of Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga at centre-back whilst injuries have forced Dele Alli into a makeshift striker role.
It appears that one year ago, before Tottenham had even made it to the Champions League final, Pochettino knew what was needed. However, Spurs did not meet those needs. Now the club is still suffering as a consequence.