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Tottenham have 'massive advantage' in transfer window change - Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham have 'massive advantage' in transfer window change - Mauricio Pochettino
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino has said the shortened summer transfer window will be a "a massive advantage" to Tottenham's hopes of making a fast start to next season and challenging for the Premier League title.

Last year, Spurs were among the 14 Premier League clubs to vote in favour of closing the transfer window before the start of the domestic season, and this summer, clubs will have until Aug. 9 to complete their business -- two days before the new campaign begins.

Spurs have traditionally left their business late, and last summer, all five signings joined in the final week of the window -- contributing to another sluggish start to the season and leaving Pochettino's side playing catch-up again.

Pochettino has said Spurs must make a fast start if they are to beat new champions Manchester City to next season's league title and, while he suggested the club would continue to leave their business late, the manager hopes the shorter window will ensure his team can hit the ground running.

"It's a massive advantage for us for [the transfer window] to finish before the start of the season," Pochettino said ahead of Tottenham's trip to Brighton on Tuesday. "For us, it's massive. It's fantastic because now it's before the start of the season -- not one month later. Of course, for many clubs, it will not change too much, but for us, it is going to change a lot. We are going to have the squad ready before the start of the season. If we want new players, they need to arrive before the start of the season.

"They are going to have more time to adapt before the start of the season and help the team. You are going to win an extra month with them and it's massive. We do not need to wait for anything. You need today -- or yesterday -- to start to work to try to sign players. It's going to be very helpful for Tottenham."

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