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 By Ben Pearce

Improved depth means Tottenham can be patient during transfer window

It is almost a month since Tottenham's season finished, and apart from the ruthlessly efficient demolition of White Hart Lane, all is quiet.

For some supporters that might be a source of frustration as they watch rival clubs improving their squads. Last week, for example, Everton spent £ 54 million on two players -- Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen -- in 24 hours.

In the past couple of years Spurs have been busier themselves at this stage. Monday marked the two-year anniversary of Kieran Trippier's arrival and he was the club's second signing of 2015: A deal had been done for Kevin Wimmer by late May. On June 23 last year, Victor Wanyama arrived from Southampton. 

Though there is plenty of time for business to be conducted before the end of August, preseason training begins in early July and there is an obvious advantage in giving signings as much time as possible to settle in and, importantly, to get used to Mauricio Pochettino's demanding training methods; Moussa Sissoko's late arrival on deadline day in 2016 has sometimes been used as a mitigating factor for his difficulties.

Spurs fly out to the United States in a month for their preseason tour. Again, in an ideal world, new recruits would be using the three friendly matches to develop understandings with their teammates.

On the flip side, though, Tottenham have gone into this transfer window in a stronger position than in previous years, with fewer obvious and essential areas for improvement.

At a time when all Premier League clubs are benefitting from a lucrative TV deal and transfer fees are rocketing, Spurs can probably afford to take their time when assessing the market, avoiding costly bidding wars and attempting to secure the best possible deals for their targets.

As they continue to build their £ 800m stadium, they arguably need to bring in fewer players than before, though some positions cane be left alone.

Tottenham are fortunate to have Hugo Lloris as a goalkeeper, while Michel Vorm can continue as the No. 2 and there is an option to permanently sign Spain Under-21 international Pau Lopez.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Luke McGee won Peterborough's Players' Player of the Season award during his loan spell and could become another deputy if necessary.

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham have areas to improve, but no pressing issues.

Spurs can also continue with their options up front, led by Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen, and they also look fairly well-placed in central midfield.

Granted, Mousa Dembele's persistent injury problems are a cause for concern and at some point Tottenham must plan for life without him. If they can find a suitable candidate this summer then a move might make sense.

However, there is no need for a panic-buy given they can call upon Wanyama, Harry Winks and Eric Dier, while Josh Onomah showed what he can do in the position at the Under-20 World Cup and could be one for the future.

It is the defence and attacking midfield options that probably require the most attention; if Kyle Walker leaves then right-back would be a key area to be addressed.

Despite recently making his England debut, it seems unclear whether Trippier is ready to be first-choice in that position next season, so it would be reassuring if another senior international took Walker's place and offered genuine competition, especially given Pochettino's tendency to rotate full-backs.

Meanwhile, Spurs are likely to replace Wimmer and they might also look at their left-back position -- two areas that could be linked. Ben Davies became an increasingly confident deputy for Danny Rose last season, but the feeling remains that it would be useful to have a pacier, more dynamic understudy in the squad.

Fulham's 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon could learn from Rose and continue his progress under Pochettino, and Davies would still be worth keeping.

Given the Welshman plays on the left side of a back three for his country, he could provide backup for Jan Vertonghen instead of Wimmer -- in a 3-4-2-1 formation at least -- while also providing an option as a left-back if required.

Further forward, the Spurs are blessed with an array of dangerous attacking midfielders -- Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son -- and Erik Lamela will bolster the squad further assuming he makes a full recovery from his troublesome hip injury.

Nonetheless, Tottenham have got little from Sissoko or Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and a new recruit who could provide better strength in depth and be a viable option off the bench, running with pace at tiring defenders, would be an asset.

Despite all of that, there is less urgency than last summer, when the lack of cover for both Kane and Dier were pressing issues.

This time, assuming the vast majority of the first team remains intact, Spurs can focus on fine-tuning -- and it appears they plan to take their time to find the right people at the right prices.

Ben is ESPN FC's Tottenham blogger. Follow on Twitter: @BenPearceSpurs.


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