Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reiterated that he feels the club did the right thing in the summer by not signing any new players.
The Argentine was determined to only sign the players he had identified as his main targets and not settle for alternatives.
It meant that Spurs became the first Premier League club to end the summer transfer window without making a signing.
With no permanent departures either, Pochettino began this season with the same squad with which he ended the 2017/18 campaign.
Chairman Daniel Levy recently clarified why the club did not spend in the summer, explaining that the manager did not want to sign players simply for the sake of bringing new players in.
He added that Pochettino felt the squad had adequate cover, particularly with players due to return from injury.
With the club now lying just two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after eight matches, the Argentine feels vindicated.
“We are always trying to improve our squad because football is dynamic,” he was quoted as saying by Four Four Two.
“But if you cannot achieve what you need or want, [making signings] because you need to make happy people or act like all the clubs, I think that is not common sense.
“We showed that we do not care.
“If we don’t need the players who are available to sign then why are we going to sign? That is the point.”
Tottenham’s bright start to the season brought them six wins although they have lost both of their Champions League ties against Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Nevertheless, Pochettino is sticking by the club’s decisions over the summer.
“I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, we have no regrets.
“When we started the season with three games that we won and we were top of the table people were talking in a different way, [saying] ‘Oh how clever are Tottenham because they keep all the squad from last season’.
“After we lost some games [it] started to make a big impact in the perception.
“But I need to remind everyone that is our best start after eight games.”
Whether they can build on that good start will likely make or break Spurs’ season and if their players can stay fit, then the quiet summer in the transfer window could work to their advantage.
Tottenham return to action following the international break with the trip to play West Ham United tomorrow.