Turning Spurs into Champions League regulars after just a few years on the hotseat, the Argentine has also seen his young side come closer in the title race.
The teams at the top know they can’t afford to stand still and it was evident that Pochettino needed to keep building his squad to keep everyone on their toes and see the team compete with the league’s best season ever. after season.
At a time when Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was under construction, Spurs went without the transfer market in both windows during the 2018/19 campaign, but the 49-year-old still managed to work wonders.
Not only by registering another top-four to see Tottenham retain their Champions League place, he also brought his side to the final of Europe’s first competition against all odds.
Speaking days after their semi-final first leg loss to Ajax, Pochettino sent Daniel Levy a warning about what was to happen in N17.
“When you talk about Tottenham everyone says you have an amazing house but you have to put the furniture in,” he explained.
“If you want to have a nice house, maybe you need better furniture. And it depends on your budget if you are going to spend the money. We have to be respectful with teams like Manchester City or Liverpool spending a lot of money. We are brave, we are smart, we are creative.
“Now it’s a matter of creating another chapter and having a clear idea of how we’re going to build this new project. We have to rebuild. It’s going to be painful.
Pochettino’s rebuilding began to take place in the weeks following his defeat in the Champions League final as promising youngster Jack Clarke signed from Leeds United, before Tanguy Ndombele joined Lyon for a record club fee. .
Giovani Lo Celso, a player the head coach intended to sign, arrived on a one-season loan deal with Real Betis, while Ryan Sessegnon finally joined Fulham after much speculation about a move in the capital in the past.
However, Pochettino barely had time to work with his new additions before his dismissal in November 2019 for various reasons.
Clarke has joined Leeds on loan as part of Spurs’ deal with the West Yorkshire club, with Sessegnon not available until the Argentine in charge’s last two games after arriving in north London with an injury hamstring.
Lo Celso’s minutes were also curtailed at a time when Pochettino sought relief as a hip problem suffered in international service saw him ruled out of eight matches.
Ndombele was the summer signing that featured a bit more regularly for Spurs, but fitness issues and struggles to cope with the demands of football in England only saw him play the full 90 minutes four times for his manager.
Following his departure from the capital 18 months ago, the current Paris Saint-Germain boss may well have the opportunity to work again with his summer 2019 signings if Levy manages to strike a deal with the French club for his services.
football.london understands that not only have Spurs spoken to him about a return to the club, but that the much-loved manager would also be keen to return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
By making it clear 12 months ago that he would one day like to return to work at some point in the future to complete what he has started, the chance to do so might present itself much sooner than initially expected.
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This in turn means that Pochettino’s final signings at Tottenham could have the chance to play for him again and try to reach heights they never could have under Jose Mourinho.
Ndombele showed great improvement under the Portuguese with superb performances but struggled to stay consistent, while a variety of injuries have given Lo Celso a stoppage-start career so far in the Spurs.
Sessegnon will also look to play under Pochettino if named, as he will return as a much better player after his one-season loan spell in Germany.
Clarke is another who is also hoping to regain the form which has seen him alert Premier League clubs after a few frustrating loan spells in the league over the past two years.
All brought to the club for a specific reason by Pochettino as he began his rebuilding at Tottenham, the potential return of the Argentine could be what it takes to see them finally flourish at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.