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Monday 5 December 2016

Lloris backs Spurs policy

Hugo Lloris. Photo: Getty Images
Hugo Lloris. Photo: Getty Images

Hugo Lloris has backed Tottenham's modest transfer policy to succeed amid the lavish spending of their rivals.

Spurs today visit Everton in their opening fixture of the Premier League season, when the squad that finished third in 2015-16 will for the first time feature Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.

Mauricio Pochettino spent £26m (€30m) adding the pair. Manchester's United and City, however, like Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, have already spent in excess of that on at least one player while signing several more.

When it is widely believed the only way to ensure success is to spend the millions generated from the Premier League's new television deal, there is a risk Spurs' prudence will undermine them. That neither Wanyama nor Janssen appear guaranteed places in Pochettino's starting XI furthers that point. Lloris, though, believes last season's title challenge demonstrates they only require "fine tuning".

"Some teams need to rebuild everything," Lloris, 29, said. "It's not the case [with us]. Since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, step by step he's building his team.

"Last season we did well and we just need some fine-tuning. It's about details now; we have the basics."

Everton v spurs, 3pm, today, SS5

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