The next article in our series focuses on the other team from North London, Tottenham Hotspur. Commonly known as Spurs, the club is based in North London. They share a bitter rivalry with Arsenal, with matchdays known as the “North London Derby”. They recently moved from their old ground, White Hart Lane, to a new stadium. This past season, they […]
The next article in our series focuses on the other team from North London, Tottenham Hotspur.
Commonly known as Spurs, the club is based in North London. They share a bitter rivalry with Arsenal, with matchdays known as the “North London Derby”. They recently moved from their old ground, White Hart Lane, to a new stadium. This past season, they finished 4th in the league and were runners-up to Liverpool in the Champion’s League Final.
The club has had a few interesting years under their current manager Mauricio Pochettino. They have come close to winning the both the Premier League and the Champion’s League. He is a very highly rated manager, being able to maximize young talents and play an adaptive style of football that is still effective without their main players.
This summer has been more eventful than the last for Spurs, who have signed a player for the first time in over 12 months. Tanguy Ndombele joined for a club-record fee, who is going to be a first-team player almost instantly. He is a complete midfielder, with 2.8 tackles and interceptions per 90 as well as 1.4 key passes per match. He will add depth to a side without a lot of options in the middle of the park.
They are also linked to Giovanni Lo Celso from Real Betis, which would be an ideal replacement for Christian Eriksen, who has 12 months on his current contract and has stated he is looking for a new challenge. Lo Celso would cost Spurs another 50 million pounds at least, but would probably cover their midfield for almost a decade.
Having sold Moussa Dembele in January and Kieran Trippier this summer, Spurs need to add some depth. They have addressed their midfield, but need new fullbacks. Danny Rose might be sold as well, so that would mean a new right-back and left-back need to come in. I think they could sign a young talent and develop them into a solid player.
Max Aarons would be a viable option at right-back, coming up to the Premier League with Norwich this season. He had 6 assists, showing signs of promise from the right flank. He only had .2 crosses per game, as well as .8 key passes. Surely those numbers would increase under a manager like Poch.
For left-back, they are linked to Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, but he isn’t really a fullback. He is 19, but still had moments where he shined last season in a relegated side. He could still be a good signing for the future if he is an attacking winger. I think they should keep Danny Rose, as he still has a few seasons left to offer.
Spurs have some serious talent but seem to fall short in competitions. This is a major problem for them, considering both Eriksen and Harry Kane are elite players who want to win trophies. With their roster, they should be winning. They have shown character, beating Manchester City and Ajax in the Champion’s League this past season. An Ajax side that was young, hungry, and managed to beat both Real Madrid and Juventus. The club is run in a financially responsible way, but they still need to reinforce their side in key areas.
I think it will be more of the same for Spurs this season. A third-place finish in the Premier League is almost a guarantee, with most of the bigger sides rebuilding. If they can get Lo Celso over the line, they will have an incredibly talented midfield. If Heung Min Son can have another fantastic campaign, he will take some of the burden off of Harry Kane, who needs to have a more limited season coming off recurring injuries. Lucas Moura stepped up in key matches last season and I would like to see him lead the line in attack more this season.
It will take time for the new signings to gel with the side, but Spurs need to get Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen to sign new deals. If they can do that, they could very well get some trophies in the seasons to come.