While the club has kept the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and others, which is an accomplishment in of itself, the squad still does not have the depth to be competitive in four divisions to win a trophy in at least one of them. "It is so hard when you have a good team and want to stick to this philosophy".
The transfer window closes on August 31 and Pochettino looks to settle Tottenham fans' concerns with his insistence that the club has a trend of spending late in the month.
However, in 2017-18 they face the stern test of playing all their home games in the temporary home of Wembley Stadium, while the new White Hart Lane is being built. Pochettino has tended to refresh his central midfield pairing every year, so Winks can make the position his own by the end of the season.
Both sides could be at the opposite ends of the table by the end of the season but the clash on Sunday will be a good indication of each side's progress over the summer.
Like Roberto Soldado before him (and Helder Postiga before him), Janssen quickly became an ironic cult hero at Tottenham for being such a dismal striker.
"Of course, the England national team plays most of their games here and it's good to get this experience so early in my career".
To make matters worse, they are the only Premier League team not to have made a signing this summer, adding to a sense of foreboding in north London.
They are a far more solid outfit than they have previously been and the squad is becoming a rather settled unit.
Midfielder Jake Livermore got his rewards this season following a strong showing for his club, he played for England. Now, everyone knows, we have to go to Wembley and play.
"He's working hard with the chief scout Steve [Hitchen] and we are working hard too to deliver it and to add and strengthen to the team that we need to fight for competitions next season".
West Brom will aim to finish in the top half again which is easy to imagine happening, there will no relegation struggle or race for Europe though.
It was a tale of two seasons for Christian Eriksen last time out. That means bona fide superstars like Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris will still call Tottenham their home club when the season commences. It remains to be seen whether the former French youth worldwide has done enough to stake a claim for more football next term, but he certainly has given his manager something to ponder with some good pre-season showings.