Premier League Top Six Preview: Tottenham

Tottenham have had another summer to forget and are the first ever Premier League team to fail to make a summer signing since the window began in 2003. This has been a problem in previous seasons and has cost them when players get injured. They would have been hoping that this season might have been their opportunity to finally get some silverware after their long wait but their inability to be competitive in the transfer market has meant they are going to have another season of struggles. Spurs appear to be the only one of the Top Six yet to strengthen and I think it will cost them massively. 

Some of the Tottenham players had fantastic World Cup campaigns with a host of English players enjoying a tournament to remember. Harry Kane picked up the golden boot while Kieran Trippier emerged as one of the players of the tournament. Lloris will return to Tottenham as a World Cup winner but his error in the final might be worrying for some Spurs fans after seeing what happened to Karius last season. They will also be moving into a new stadium which could be problematic for them however after seeing how they adapted to life at Wembley last season, the fans shouldn’t have too much to worry about in terms of the players adjusting to their new surroundings.

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Tottenham continues to lack squad depth and could be made to pay if they pick up injuries over the course of the season which they undoubtedly will do. It’s hard to see how this squad will compete with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea who all appear to have better squads. Harry Kane will once again be expected to do a lot for his team while the likes of Dele Alli, Son Heung-Min and Toby Alderweireld will need to return to form if Spurs have any chance at a Premier League title. Last season they finished 23 points behind the leaders and while that was a freak season from Manchester City, it’s likely to be a similar story this year too.

However, it’s not all negative for Tottenham. They do have a fantastic first team with players of real class. They have a fantastic defence which has worked well under Pochettino. Their midfield is dynamic with both defensive and offensive players as well as workhorses like Moussa Dembele to offer solidity in the centre of the park. Up front, Harry Kane will remain their most dangerous player and he will be determined to not lose out on Golden Boot this season. Players aside, they have a fantastic manager and although he hasn’t been able to convince the board to make the signings he wanted to, his tactical insight into the game will be vital for Spurs this season as they seek some silverware.

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Spurs have tied down Harry Kane to a new contract which will be very important for them because it gives the player more confidence in the club but also if he does leave, it means he’s worth more. Tottenham appear to have been on the rise in previous seasons but if they fail to make this season count then they may begin to lose some of their best players like Kane, Eriksen and Alderweireld who will all be seeking success.

  • 2018/19 Predicted Finish: 6th (-3)
  • Premier League Title Chance: 4/10
  • Other Silverware Chance: 6/10
  • Predicted Top Scorer: Harry Kane
  • Predicted Player of the Season: Christian Eriksen
  • Major Strength: Goal Scoring
  • Major Weakness: Squad Depth

My chances for Tottenham to win a trophy do seem slightly harsh but in reality, they haven’t won a trophy for more than a decade and their squad right now has no players with much experience of winning a trophy. Perhaps Lloris can now bring a winner’s mentality into the squad and push them towards success but their lack of signings will surely be their biggest problem. Let us know what you’re thinking for Spurs ahead of their opening fixture this weekend by tweeting @AllOutFootball_ using #AOF