Pochettino believes the arrival of Erik Lamela doesn’t offer any quick-fix to the club’s problem in finding a creative spark.
The Lilywhites are going through a bad phase recently, with just a win in their last four Premier League games.
The poor run of form began at Old Trafford after Anthony Martial’s goal proved decisive for United.
It became worse against their North London rivals, Arsenal who dominated the proceedings at the Emirates Stadium to win 2-0.
Their failure to win continued against West Brom on Saturday which means they are now thirteen points below league leaders, Manchester City.
Consequently, Spurs fans have pointed to Erik Lamela’s dribbling from the midfield as an antidote to their woes this season.
The 25-year-old hasn’t played a single minute of football since October of last year due to a hip injury.
Despite his long lay-off, Tottenham have done well in the past year finishing runners-up in 2016-17 while also ahead of their local rivals, Arsenal for the first time in two decades.
However, things seem to look different this season with the side struggling to find breakthroughs consistently.
But though the Argentine boss admits he misses Erik Lamela due to his preference to have a stronger squad, he warns against the notion of him providing an immediate solution to their problems this season.
“Lamela is still not in a condition to play,” Pochettino said, according to the Independent. “We are waiting for him, but it’s not Lamela today.
“With Lamela or without Lamela… when you drop points you always you the player that didn’t play.
“When you win against Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund – when it’s good – you never ask me about the players that don’t play, no? I understand, but of course, I want to have everyone fit and available to be selected. Lamela is now one year not playing.”