Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on August 9, 2016
With the Premier League just five days away, Tottenham Hotspur go into a season with relatively high expectations. After seemingly ‘collapsing’ at the end of last season, Mauricio Pochettino and his men look to regroup and come back stronger, after finishing 3rd last season, Tottenham will look to go back to back seasons inside the top four and continue the development of such a young side against the very best in Europe. With the acquisition of Pep Guardiola , Antonio Conte and José Mourinho to the league you simply cannot predict the top six, let alone the winners of the 2016/17 Premier League title.
Aims and Expectations for the season.
Daniel Levy had a reputation for sacking managers. From André Villas-Boas to Tim Sherwood, Tottenham never had a manager that could get the job done. In the past years you would realistically say that Spurs’ expectations for a season would be to get into that beloved top four, or at worst, the Europa League, but after last season’s blossoming of the side, you would now have to reevaluate those expectations as the new season dawns upon us. With the direction this young side is heading in, coupled up with a fantastic manager in Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs should now be aiming to challenge the larger sides, like Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea, for a finish inside the top three and although some may look at that and laugh, others may consider the fact the side will improve, mature and learn from last season’s scars. Sure a top three finish will be tough, but in the buildup to the season the squad has been overlooked and again find themselves as underdogs to back up last season’s finish.
With much weight being placed on Harry Kane’s shoulders last season, Tottenham have finally splashed the cash on another striker to assist the Englishmen in the goalscoring department. Young Dutch international, Vincent Janssen, who signed for the club from AZ Alkmaar for around £18M. Janssen scored 27 goals in 34 appearances for the dutch side and hasn’t wasted time making an impact for Tottenham, after netting against Inter Milan as Spurs ran riot in a 6-1 victory. Alongside Janssen in this window is Victor Wanyama who has joined the club from Southampton for £11M. The Kenyan was the first signing made by Pochettino in the summer and is a solid acquisition to the squad. After picking up a ban that extends into this forthcoming season, Mousa Dembélé is set to miss the first couple of games for the Lilywhites, thus the reason why Wanyama was purchased by the club. Aside from that, he also brings his pure strength and aggression to the side which, along with Dier, means Tottenham have outstanding cover in the centre of the field. The two signings aren’t household names like a Paul Pogba or a Zlatan Ibrahimović, meaning that they have gone somewhat unnoticed by the media but Pochettino has gone about the signings the correct way, only purchasing the player he sees will benefit the side or is better than what he currently has, so clearly he sees that the squad needs no major improvements and it’s just one or two positions they needed to strengthen in depth. However, transfer business may not be all wrapped up for the North London side, as there are heavy reports that Georges-Kévin N’Koudou’s arrival is imminent, as well as a few departures that Pochettino doesn’t see in his plans going forward.
Christian Eriksen: The Danish playmaker will play a vital part in Tottenham’s success this season, and to do so he will need to stay consistent and effective in the big games the side really need him. Arguably one of the most unnoticed Spurs players in the side and really dictates the game when Tottenham see the majority of possession.
Harry Kane: Dubbed a ‘One Season Wonder’ before last season and proved all of the doubters wrong. Despite a slow start to the season, he came out Golden Boot winner meaning he is quite capable of an even better goal tally if he starts a season hot. The 23-year-old will have to start this season fast otherwise, he may lose his spot to new boy Vincent Janssen, who is eager for an opportunity in the side after his recent arrival from the Dutch league.
Toby Alderweireld: The best central defender last season will be looking to replicate that this season and mark his name alongside the very best. He should play an important part in any European success Spurs may have and his experience with Atlético Madrid may just give him that little bit more when it comes to the Champions League nights.
Hugo Lloris: Far too inconsistent last season, despite saving this Tottenham side numerous points. If the Frenchman stays consistent and cuts out the little mistakes we have seen he is prone to, you may be looking at the best defensive record in the league again from Pochettino’s side.
5th: We have predicted Tottenham Hotspur to finish 5th in the 2016/17 Premier League, falling just short of a Champions League spot. Unfortunately, the bigger sides will spend enormous amounts before the window closes to ensure the retrospective manager has everything he needs to succeed meaning it will prove to be too strong for this young Spurs side. Pochettino and his men will take it right down to the wire but fall short ahead of the big four. Overall the side will play well and will have developed from last season, but it will maybe take another year for the squad to fully cement their name up at the top and possibly challenge for the title. The quality depth of City, the major signing United will have made along with José Mourinho who is a renown winner, Antonio Conte and his newly motivated Chelsea side and the forever reliant Arsène Wenger will all pip Tottenham to them Champions League spots, but they will not go without a fight. A hunger and drive that all young players possess will ensure that they give it everything they have, but more importantly, continue their development under the wing of Mauricio Pochettino. Who, quite frankly, will lead this side to success… eventually.