After a second place finish last season, Tottenham Hotspur know that there is potential they can move into their new 62,500 capacity stadium as kings of England, here is how I think they can replicate the glory days of yesteryear.
1. Make Wembley a fortress.
Following a 118 year romance with White Hart Lane, Spurs had to say goodbye to their home last season in the name of progression. In April they announced that they will play all home games at Wembley Stadium for the 2017-2018 season.
It is no secret that Tottenham Hotspur have had somewhat of a torrid time at the national stadium, winning just two of their nine games at the home of English football. A premature European exit and an FA Cup semi-final defeat last season shows that this could be an uphill task for the cockerels, should last season’s form be anything to go by.
Spurs will play Chelsea for their first home game of this season, and a win over their title rivals will show a statement of intent from the Lilywhites, a marquee win early on for Spurs will be a big weight off of their shoulders and silence the critics from the get-go, allowing Poch’s side to play with freedom and without pressure.
2. Smart Investment.
Tottenham find themselves in a rare predicament, knowing that they are in no rush to add £60-70 million players to their starting eleven. However, their squad depth was arguably the difference between finishing first and second last season, and needs to be addressed swiftly if their title ambitions are genuine.
Spurs are the only side yet to make any new acquisitions in the transfer market, although Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has promised fans that investments will be made this summer. Tottenham are reportedly in the market for a back up central midfielder, a back up centre back and an understudy to playmaker Christian Eriksen; Ross Barkley has been the name touted to fill in for the Danish international, although their has been no official approach just yet.
I think that the perfect window for Spurs would be just three signings, Ricardo Pereira from FC Porto, adding pace and agility to the full back area. Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, adding pace, goals and assists and Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City, who has proved to be a suitable understudy to any top striker. However these transfer rumours were quickly shot down after leaking and now look very unlikely.
3. Replace Kyle Walker
Spurs’ only main talking point of the window thus far has been the departure of right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for a fee of £50 million, but, they are yet to replace the 27 year old.
Tottenham had allegedly targeted full backs Jeremy Toljan and Ricardo Pereira as reported replacements for Walker, however failing to meet asking prices has meant that Spurs are cooling their interest on both defenders.
Kieran Trippier is reportedly regarded as first choice right back at the club currently, with academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters being utilised as a back up option. However, during Spurs’ pre-season tour to the U.S.A, the absence of Walker was there for all to see, with a lack of pace and agility highlighting the need to sign a replacement. Whilst Trippier has a real presence going forward, his defensive work is less admirable compared to the recently departed Kyle Walker.
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