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The Presser: Transfer deadline day, attacking options, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham comparisons

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The Presser: Transfer deadline day, attacking options, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham comparisons

Dean Smith hosted his first press conference of the season at Bodymoor Heath on Thursday.

Below are the key lines from a busy media briefing.


On the potential of more incomings...

No there won’t be. We’re pretty much done.

We’re happy with the options we’ve brought in and the recruitment policy we’ve adopted.

On major squad surgery this summer...

It was well documented we had a Plan A and a Plan B going into Wembley and thankfully we were able to go with Plan A, which was being a Premier League team.

The fact we had nine players leave and six players go back to their clubs meant 15 players had to be replaced.

We have done very well with the recruitment. We are very fortunate with the owners that we have and the money that they have put forward.

Between myself, Christian and Suso, I think we’ve worked very well together and I’m very happy with the squad we’ve assembled.


On attacking resource...

We've bought Wesley in. We have Jonathan Kodjia. We have young Keinan Davis.

We also have Jota, Trezeguet and El Ghazi. The way we play, there are goals all over the pitch.

You can see that in pre-season, there are a number of players there who can score goals.

We feel quite tight with that. But we also have January to go and use funds if we need it. 

On squad selection for Tottenham...

When I name the team tomorrow, there will be 11 happy faces. The rest won't be.

That's part of football and what I get paid to do.

We got our business done early and had time with them all in America to integrate them. That was important for us.

They've all worked really hard in pre-season and I have to congratulate them on that. I'm really pleased.

On those Fulham comparisons...

I don't look at what other teams do. I'm concentrated on Aston Villa.

We needed to replace 15 players, whether we were Championship or Premier League.

We knew what he had to do as a football club. I'm very happy with our business.

There's always going to be comparisons. But we believe we've done a good job.

On what we can achieve this season...

My ambition is not to just stay up. It's not a positive message to give out, to just survive.

We go to win every game, whether it's Spurs, Chelsea or Manchester United away. That's my mentality.The players have bought into that.


On Tottenham Hotspur...

They've become an established top-four Premier League team. They were Champions League finalists last year, too.

I've been really impressed with Mauricio Pochettino and what he's done in the Premier League.

They've improved each year and have now really started dipping into the market.

It's a real big challenge for us this first game. But we don't fear it, we go to try and win.

On his feelings on the eve of the season...

There's probably more trepidation than in the Championship, because of the scale of the teams in it.

But there's excitement for a huge challenge. The players and coaching staff are in a good place.

We're happy and ready to take on the challenge.

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 8th August 2019