Table Review: 3rd, 77 points, 23 Wins, 8 Draws, 7 Losses, Goals For: 74, Goals Against: 36, Goal Difference: +38.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Top Scorer: Harry Kane, 30 Goals
Tottenham had an admirable season. While their new stadium was being built, Spurs fans endured the trek to Wembley on a bi-weekly basis. Although they began the season poorly in the famed ground, winning just three of their opening seven “home” games, Tottenham rebounded to win ten of their remaining twelve.
Harry Kane was at his imperious best, failing in August, but setting the league alike from September onwards. Indeed, it was only the work of a certain Egyptian that overshadowed his season, as he racked up 30 goals in the league alone. Links to Real Madrid have followed, inevitably, but Daniel Levy and co. seem hellbent on keeping their talisman. Dele Alli had another great season, while Toby Alderweireld established himself as an elite centre-back. Christian Eriksen is world-class.
A third-placed finish will be seen as a success by Spurs fans, as well as the development of future first-team player Harry Winks. The emergence of Heung-Min Son added another element to the counter-attack, something that Mauricio Pochettino will employ more in 2018-19.
Contrary to their cross-London rivals, Tottenham have been totally stagnant in the transfer market. They have received forward Vincent Janssen back from his loan spell, but the squad remains largely unchanged. That hasn’t stopped the rumours from swirling about, nonetheless.
Pochettino was subject to Real Madrid rumours, as were Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, but it seems Spurs has avoided all serious interest in the trio. Toby Alderweireld is on Manchester United’s deadline day shortlist, as they hunt for a new centre-back. Victor Wanyama was rumoured for a move to Roma.
Rumours surrounding new arrivals didn’t excite. Ryan Sessengnon was a possibility from Fulham, as was Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. In the end, Spurs decided to go with a completely stagnant window.
Tottenham’s tardiness must come down to a belief that the squad they have at their disposal is ready to challenge in four different competitions. Nonetheless, more depth will be required, particularly in the back line, if Spurs are to improve upon last season’s results. Overall, a tremendously disappointing window thus far.
Predicted Starting XI
Tottenham’s starting XI looks unlikely to change from their 2017-18 campaign. Depth in the midfield remains strong with both Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks as viable backups. Winks’ development may see him overtake Dembele to partner Alli in the middle of the park, but any such move would likely happen midway through the season.
Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez form a solid trio in front of World-Cup winner Hugo Lloris. Although Serge Aurier and Danny Rose will challenge for positions on the flank, Trippier and Davies come into the season as the certain starters. Lucas Moura will provide good competition for Son, but the pace and directness of Son will be integral to a side otherwise lacking in the counter-attack.
Each position in Tottenham’s squad has competition that will likely push the starters to greater individual efforts than last season, but the lack of depth in front of Lloris will concern Spurs faithful.
Table Prediction: 5th, 69 points, 20 Wins, 9 Draws, 9 Losses, Goals For: 71, Goals Against: 42, Goal Difference: +29.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Top Scorer: Harry Kane, 27 Goals
It’s hard to look past the lack of action in the transfer market. Although this is a fit, cohesive and relatively deep squad, there is no doubt that the movement of Chelsea and Liverpool in particular will cause some angst to fans of the North London outfit. If Spurs were to lose Alderweireld and fail to replace him successfully, they could even drop below bitter rivals Arsenal.
It’s up to the board, and Daniel Levy, to show some ambition as the window closes, and bring in an upgrade in both central midfield and central defense. A world-class player is a must, otherwise a slide down the table is well and truly on the cards.
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