As the gong sounded to signal the end of the summer transfer window, Tottenham Hotspur fans up and down the country couldn’t quite believe that chairman Daniel Levy hadn’t signed a single player.
Many people laughed, as the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal all spent big to rejuvenate their squads.
But fast-forward five months, and Spurs have actually not had a bad season at all.
They’re currently in the top four and have had a number of key players step up for them as a result of no new players coming in over the summer…
As a result of Tottenham’s representation at the World Cup, Erik Lamela has been afforded a bit more game time this term – and he’s done well with it.
The Argentine ace has scored four goals in the Premier League, one in the Champions League and one in the Carabao Cup.
Had Pochettino brought in another attacking midfielder, Jack Grealish for instance, it’s likely Lamela wouldn’t have seen the same game time and therefore caught the eye as much. He might now have a big part to play this season.
What a turnaround it’s been for Moussa Sissoko.
The Frenchman has been maligned ever since he signed for Spurs from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016.
It’s highly likely he would have been sold or frozen out had Pochettino brought in another box-to-box midfielder.
But thankfully for him, no one came in and injuries and fatigue have allowed him to prove that he actually was worth the £30 million all along.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Spurs fan who wants him out the door now – he could genuinely replace Mousa Dembele as the driving force in the team.
Lucas Moura had to bide his time at Spurs following his move to the club in January 2018.
Like Lamela, he was able to take advantage of the early fatigue coursing through the squad.
Moura flew out of the traps playing up front with Harry Kane and has seven goals to his name this season so far.
The Brazilian had huge competition anyway, so he might actually be thankful for Levy signing no one else so he was able to get some traction at the club.