It’s been a good summer for many, hasn’t it? Whether you’re a fan of the Olympic Games, the England cricket team or adore Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s been plenty of quality sport to enjoy. It’s been a gift to any sports fan, in fact.
Meanwhile, Premier League football clubs have been working tirelessly to secure transfer deals, scout potential new opponents and rejig their squads ahead of another fascinating season. Mauricio Pochettino has been no different to the rest and he will be aiming to, at the very least, replicate Spurs’ performances of last season.
Anything below a top four finish and Tottenham will deem their campaign a failure. The recovering Chelsea and Manchester United will quickly mount challenges for those four spots one would expect, whilst Manchester City are buoyed by the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
This season will be a challenge for any manager. The league is looking to regain it’s strength and become what it once was; the best league in the world.
Pochettino, therefore is under pressure. Will he make the top four? Here are FIVE reasons why he may not…
Spurs’ players, on the whole, had very disappointing summers. Harry Kane and Dele Alli were two of the leading scapegoats in England’s EURO humiliation, whilst Mousa Dembele was in and out of the Belgium side that similarly underachieved.
Hugo Lloris led his French side to a shock final defeat, as Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen joined Dembele in the Belgian disappointment.
It’s hard to know how such players have recovered mentally, but some individuals take a long, long time to recover from such setbacks.
Proudly, Spurs have stuck to their transfer policy this summer. As rivals have pushed for the biggest names and used their bank account to show their ‘ambition’ Spurs have boldly stuck to their policy of not overpaying.
The signings have been as sensible as you could imagine, but the question is more if they have underwhelmed. With their riches and the lure of Champions League football, will Spurs pay the price for failing to splash a bit more cash?
Every squad in Europe gets stretched, but the task of dealing with Champions League football is that bit harder. Pochettino will need to rotate wisely if they are to have a fighting chance in the league, rather than sticking to his Europa League approach – take as few a first-teamers as possible.
Harry Kane, particularly, will have to be wisely rotated with Janssen if they are to even compete for the top four.
If it wasn’t for Leicester City’s heroics last season, Spurs would have been the story of the season. Holding second-place for much of the campaign, the Lilywhites continued their distinguished bridesmaid tradition.
Eventually slipping in to third after a final collapse, it’s hard not to wonder if that was a freak season.
Compare the transfers of Tottenham’s supposed rivals for top four this season to the investments made by Daniel Levy.
What do you see?
It’s a stark difference. The shrewd, buy young and develop, philosophy of Spurs is commendable, but their squad is looking a little short of star quality on paper.