Tottenham Hotspur are a team on the up, make no mistake about it. A couple of years ago, it was difficult to imagine the Gareth Bale-less Spurs that everyone is talking about now. But yes, it has happened… and they are a club that many English sides will be looking to as inspiration in the coming years.
First and foremost they are financially stable. A new stadium plan is being developed and in Mauricio Pochettino, they have of the most promising young mangers in the league.
I will always remember his first press conference, in which he came out and tried the English language for the first time. It took him a few months to get to grips with the slightly odd lingo here on the British Isles, let alone in deep London! But, that showed just how much of an effort he made to settle in, and it has shown on the pitch.
Tottenham seem a team that want to play for their manager. I can’t emphasise how important that is, especially for a club of Spurs’ calibre. We’ve seen it at Manchester United in recent weeks, at Newcastle when Alan Pardew was in charge – having a manager that is well supported by the majority of the fanbase is absolutely crucial. That working relationship between club and supporters is what keeps the wheels moving, especially when the club is going through difficult times.
And it’s clear to see that Pochettino is well liked by the Spurs faithful, and football fans alike.
But there is one thing the former Southampton man must do to further his strong relationship with the club’s fans, and that is keep hold of his club’s best players.
I don’t think it is too bold of a statement to suggest that in Dele Alli and Harry Kane, Tottenham have two of England’s brightest young stars. Only a year ago, Alli was on loan at MK Dons, whilst two years ago Kane was at Leicester City, boldly trying to stake a claim for a role at White Hart Lane.
It shows just how far these two players have come, and just how important they are to Spurs’ chances of cementing themselves as a top four outfit.
Young Delli All is what England have been missing since Steven Gerrard retired. He’s a box-to-box midfielder with a hint of aggression, who is capable of scoring goals. Spurs may well have been surprised by just how well he’s made the leap from the third tier. He has been ever-present in Pochettino’s side and is admired all over the world.
Kane needs no introduction – we all know how crucial he is to Spurs’ Champions League ambitions. Even when he doesn’t start he has an impact – he came off the bench to slot home a crucial penalty against Leicester in the FA Cup only last Sunday.
And it’s not just Spurs who are pinning their hopes on the youngster. It’s safe to say that Kane will be on the plane for the European Championships, when the whole of the nation will be praying for success in France.
Unsurprisingly, Kane is reportedly attracting interest from Real Madrid. There are very few strikers like him out there – ones that have a yard of pace, a terrific eye for goal and one with work rate that would rival any long-distance runner.
Keep hold of them Mauricio, at any cost.