English Premiership

Pochettino wants fresh faces

2015-08-14 10:12
Mauricio Pochettino (Supplied)

London - Mauricio Pochettino admits he still has work to do as the Tottenham manager reshapes his squad ahead of Stoke's visit to White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Pochettino's side slumped to an underwhelming 1-0 defeat at Manchester United last weekend and the Argentine remains keen to add to his options before the end of the transfer window.

The former Southampton boss has overseen the departure of seven senior players during the close season, with strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor also likely to leave shortly.

And with only three new faces - Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier - coming into the club, Pochettino is short on numbers as he attempts to improve on last season's fifth place finish in the Premier League.

In particular, he is keen to bring in a striker to work alongside Harry Kane and ease the workload of the young England international.

Kane had an outstanding season after breaking into the side last term, but Pochettino knows he needs someone to share the burden of providing his team's cutting edge.

"I think we need one more striker and we have different players that can play like a striker," Pochettino said as he prepared for Stoke's visit to north London.

"We have different offensive players that can play in different options, but I think we don't need too much players to bring in."

Pochettino will put his transfer plans to one side to focus on a Stoke team who did the double over Tottenham last season.

A second successive defeat will certainly puncture any early season optimism and increase the pressure to recruit, although Pochettino insists the club will not be rushed into making panic buys.

"We are working to take the right profile, the right player. But we don't take a rash decision. We wait for the good opportunity to bring in," Pochettino said.

Pochettino has a fully fit squad to choose from and midfielder Ryan Mason is anxious to get Spurs' season up and running with a win

"I thought we were unlucky against United, but Stoke at home is going to be a difficult game as well," Mason said.

"But it's our ground and we'll be confident of picking up the points."

Tottenham Hotspur host Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Saturday's match kicks off at 16:00.

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