It is that time of year again when and I begin to look ahead to the coming season with a real focus on each club and how they will fare. Today we are going to focus on Tottenham Hotspur, the team who reached a 4th place finish last year and who lost the Champions League final after a limp performance against Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino would have considered the ‘project’ complete had they won the trophy, they failed and that means that there is still plenty of things to achieve as part of his long term project with Spurs.
After not having bought or sold a single player since January 2018 it is nice to see that Daniel Levy has finally showed Pochettino some backing in this transfer window. Already it looks like N’Dombele and Jack Clarke have been locked down for moves to Spurs, and we expect some more movements on top of that. Kieran Trippier looks set to move to Juventus which will free up some much needed funds for a proven right back to step in. If Spurs continue in this vein they will have plugged gaps in the side and borough in some real class. In terms of sales the two players hanging in the balance are Alderweireld and Eriksen, neither of whom have signed a new deal and both entering into the final year of their contracts. Spurs must nail down these two superstars in order to find success this year.
Most successful clubs get started with a single trophy and Spurs must do all that they can this year to come away with a piece of silverware, no matter what that looks like. Spurs are unlikely to have a Champions League campaign like last year, and given that the Premier League also looks a bridge too far that leaves the two domestic trophies. Spurs have lost 9 semi finals in a row at domestic level, something which must change this season. If Poch goes after one of those two trophies then he may kick-start something very special.
For us Spurs are way off Liverpool and Man City, they just aren’t consistent enough and having lost 12 games last season – 1 in every 3 – and finishing a massive 27 points behind 2nd placed Liverpool, Spurs have to focus on closing down that gap. Spurs won’t threaten for the title but they need to do all that they can to stay as close as possible until the latter stages. Spurs are the best of the 18 clubs behind Liverpool and City and they need to get a run going which proves that.
Kane and Co.
Last year was difficult for Kane and Alli and the thought was that they were both tired following the World Cup and a long season. Both players have had a great rest over the summer and we can expect both to be back and firing, the same goes for Son Heung-Min. Spurs can count on refreshed players who are beginning the season in their home stadium, for the first time in over 4 years.
We have Spurs to finish 3rd and lift the F.A. Cup, a successful season by all accounts.