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Tottenham Boss Andre Villas-Boas Blames Late Transfer Activity For Poor Premier League Start

Portuguese complains that he hasn’t had time with the full squad.

Tottenham head-coach Andre Villas-Boas has blamed the club’s poor start to the season on their late conclusion to this summer’s transfer business, reports the Metro.

Spurs have picked up just 2 points from three games, conceding late goals at home against both West Brom and Norwich.

For the second consecutive season, the north Londoners left it late to conclude their transfer business, with key men Luka Modric and Rafa van der Vaart departing late in the transfer window and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and forward Clint Dempsey arriving on deadline day.

Last season, Spurs left-it late to wrap up deals for Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor after losing their opening two matches. Just one more point would have guaranteed the White Hart Lane outfit Champions League football this term.

In a veiled criticism of the way Spurs chairman Daniel Levy operates, Villas-Boas bemoaned the lack of time he’d had to prepare with his new players.

“In the end, we have concluded four deals during the season so we ended up not preparing in the proper way,” Villas-Boas said ahead of Sunday’s clash with Reading.

“The problem is we haven’t had a lot of time to work with the team.”

Spurs also landed Belgian midfielder Moussa Dembele late in the window but missed out on a deadline day deal for Villas-Boas’ top-target Joao Moutinho.

“This is the first time we’ve had everyone together, the first time we’ve trained properly, the first time most of the players have seen Clint Dempsey’s face, Hugo’s face so, at this time, it’s important for us to have more time together, to establish ourselves,” continued for former Chelsea coach.


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