Tottenham news: Gary Lineker says Spurs must back Mauricio Pochettino in transfer window or they will find it

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Spurs have not bought any news players since January 2018 and the Match of the Day host hailed the job done by Pochettino, who has led them to a Champions League final

Gary Lineker has praised the job Mauricio Pochettino has done at Tottenham as ‘marvellous’ but says they must buy in the summer or risk losing the popular Argentine.

Spurs have not bought in the transfer market since January 2018 and in that time, have finished third and fourth respectively in the Premier League and have also reached this season’s Champions League final for the first time in their history.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders at Spurs without buying a player since January 2018

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders at Spurs without buying a player since January 2018

Lucas Moura, who scored a hat-trick to propel Spurs to Madrid, was the last player the club signed and Match of the Day host and former Spurs striker Lineker, says Pochettino reiterated the need for the club to invest if they are to compete with Europe’s elite on a consistent basis.

“I interviewed [Pochettino] a couple of weeks ago for the Premier League Show; it was the first time I’d actually met him’” Lineker told The Times.

“He’s a very engaging character, clearly massively knowledgeable, insightful on the game, and he’s clearly one of the best managers or coaches in world football.

“But they do need investment, he said that to me himself. And he needs to be backed. I suspect, if he’s not backed, they’ll probably find it quite difficult to keep hold of him. So it really is a seminal moment for Tottenham.

Spurs celebrate reaching the Champions League final

Spurs celebrate reaching the Champions League final

“They’ve got to decide what they are. Yes, they’ve got a great new stadium, which perhaps halted expenditure to a degree, but whether they’re going to move forward and be a club that can compete in other Champions League finals, rather than just a one-off against all the odds, remains to be seen.”

Spurs have been linked with a move for want-away Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, who has told the Eagles he wants to leave and play Champions League football next season.

Ryan Sessegon, the 18-year Fulham star, is another who could join the club.