Steve McManaman says Tottenham failed this season before they even started

BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman has hit out at Tottenham Hotspur’s summer recruitment policy, arguing they never gave themselves a fair chance of continued success.

Spurs finished third in the Premier League last season and are currently in fifth, while they were eliminated from the Champions League after just five group matches.

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Former England international Steve McManaman believes Tottenham’s failure to kick on lies with errors made in the transfer market, with only Victor Wanyama looking like a successful addition.

He told BT Sport’s coverage of Tottenham’s match with CSKA Moscow: “Instead of going and buying real big players that’ll make the time, they have tried to make the squad better.

“Wanyama is fine, but to then buy Janssen, then Sissoko for £30 million… they panic bought.

“They didn’t buy anyone that really affected you or got fans on edge of your seat and thought this is going to be a really exciting year.”

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Janssen has been given opportunities to step up but has failed to deliver, scoring just one Premier League goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The amount of money Tottenham spent in the summer cannot be argued with, as more than £60 million was put into new additions in total, but the quality is still under scrutiny, and the board will be desperately hoping the trio of Janssen, Sissoko and N’Koudou can come good.

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