Have Tottenham strengthened enough to challenge for the Premier league?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 29, 2016
With the end of the summer transfer widow quickly approaching, we ask the question, have Spurs strengthened their squad enough to challenge with the likes of Chelsea, and Manchester City for the coveted Premier League title.
So far, Mauricio Pochettino has acquired the services of two new recruits, Victor Wanyama from Southampton and Vincent Janssen from Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar. Wanyama has already contributed massively to the efforts of Tottenham, with scoring against Crystal Palace on his home debut to seal the three points.
Many other Premier League teams have strengthened their squad and coaching departments throughout the summer. An example of this would be Manchester City who have spent over £100 million on world class talents such as; Leroy Sane, Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones. The EFL Cup holders have also drafted in former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who is sure to bring City to a whole new playing level.
Amid the rumours of Tottenham signing Isco Alcaron and Hakan Calhanoglu, many Spurs supporters are still worried that they have not bulked up their team enough for all of the competitions they feature in this season. One supporter has even said this about Tottenham’s transfer window so far, “Well so far we haven’t strengthened in the right places bar Janssen and Wanyama. We’re focusing a lot of attention on getting this Lopez deal done when we really need to strengthen in the midfield, especially after Chadli has been allowed to leave.”
Looking at Tottenham’s Premier League squad, it is quite clear they lack in defensive depth. Kevin Wimmer is sidelined at the moment with a muscular injury, Pochettino can only deploy youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers in the case of an injury to starlets Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld.
The North London club feature in four competitions this season, including; The Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup and the FA Cup. For Tottenham to challenge in all of these competitions, they require squad depth of top-class players who can perform against Europe’s best in the Champions League if necessary.
Last season, Tottenham faced fatigue and exhaustion towards the end of the season that ultimately saw them drop to third place and finish behind bitter rivals Arsenal. To avoid lightning striking twice, Daniel Levy will have to splash the cash on superstars in world football to assure Tottenham’s place in the top tier of European football, the Champions League.
Liverpool are always thought as one of England’s top teams, and they did not disappoint when facing Tottenham on Saturday. Liverpool have strengthened significantly over the summer, spending over £65 million on the likes of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. These new signings may have given Liverpool the edge at the weekend, and the lack of new talent in the club may have hindered Pochettino’s side.
Ultimately, Tottenham are still unbeaten in the three games they have played this season, and Levy and Pochettino have another two days to finalise any deals in progress and possibly create a world beating side in North London!