If you’ve found yourself scrolling through Twitter in recent months, you could be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled into an alternative plot for Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. As for this transfer window Matthew, Spurs fans are going to be: dividing themselves into two factions, hurling abuse back-and-forth, thus igniting— in 280 characters — a war of words, with social media the designated battleground. On one side, campaigning for change, stands Team Rogers; vehemently urging Daniel Levy and et al to fire-up fax machines and loosen purse strings so our very own hero, Mauricio Pochettino, is properly stocked for the season ahead. In the other corner is Team Stark, more unbending than the former; placing unimpeachable trust in the hierarchy’s transfer prudence, while slamming their counterparts for not supporting the club via a misguided sense of entitlement. OK, so I’m spitballing here. But you get my drift. It’s a (not-so) civil war repeating itself every summer as if it were experienced on loop by Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors. As Team Rogers (Team: Sign Some Players, Spurs!) jeremiads a lack of incomings, like clockwork, Team Stark (Team: Trust The Process) leaps to club’s defence — offering the parting shot their opposite number should display unconditional faith in the club or go and support another team that “buys success”. (This is utterly incoherent by the way; just because you support the team doesn’t mean you can’t hold the club to account for its mistakes.) In summer 2018 this conflict has come to the fore like never before though. This is because we’ve hit a turning point; the driving force behind Spurs fans’ desire for new signings has changed tack. In previous windows this desire manifested out of insatiable greed; signings longed-for the sake of it — only to add excitement to the dull months of summer. It used to be that no matter how many Kanes, Alis, Eriksens, Vertonghens and Sons we had on our books, some foolishly saw it as not enough. Now though, the fools are those who believe reinforcements are not required. Let’s clear the air: wanting Spurs to sign players is not to underappreciate what an exceptional group we already have, but rather an astute observation that with two or three well-considered additions the team can make the final leap towards honours after falling short in recent years. Detractors will argue that spending doesn’t guarantee success, and they’re not wrong. But how can we come to that conclusion when we haven’t even put that theory to the test — not under Pochettino, at least? Contrary to popular belief, those who want fresh legs at Spurs aren’t demanding world-class players for astronomical fees. For the grounded among us, there is a proud acceptance that Spurs already have world-class players in abundance; what we’re lacking however is an extra smattering of quality to the overall squad. The signing of Fernando Llorente last summer, despite not working out as planned, was along the rights lines in terms of Spurs attempting to do “smart business” for once. A 32-year-old was bought on the basis he was Premier League proven, added a different dimension to our game, and would provide suitable back-up to Harry Kane. On the same tract, signing players this summer isn’t about sparking fans’ serotonin levels, it’s about finishing the window stronger than when it opened. Of course, there is the issue of a new stadium to pay for — but that doesn’t mean all incomings are to come to a halt as a result. And besides, hasn’t our approach to transfers been this way since before the new stadium? But let’s be positive for now: with 13 days left of the window there’s still enough time to assemble a Spurs squad stronger than the one we saw last season. Just imagine that; now that would be something to truly Marvel over.