Tottenham Hotspur in the last decade have achieved something which few thought possible, breaking into the traditional top 4 (now top 6) without the funds to do so. Spurs haven’t just broken in, they have become top 4 stalwarts over the last 5 seasons, a truly remarkable feat. Spurs during that time have also managed to build an amazing new stadium, as well as reaching the final of the Champions League. Time after time Spurs have chances to push even further and a title bid isn’t beyond their grasp. Sadly however, myself and fellow Spurs fan Bogoljub Karic believe that Spurs will now begin to slip away, starting this season.
Spurs failed to capitalize on their position with zero investment in 2 transfer windows, allowing the opposition to catch up. This summer window was seen as a big opportunity and when they acquired the services of Ndombele, many thought that Spurs would be going big this summer. True to form however they have not, failing to add much-needed support at wing back position and they now have Toby and Vertonghen entering into the final year of their contracts. Kane still doesn’t have any real competition, Eriksen may leave without being replaced (also in his final year of contract). Unless Spurs bring in Sessegnon and Lo Celso or Fernades, plus keeping Toby and Eriksen, they will have issues this year.
Spurs have allowed their rich rivals to catch up, United have invested heavily, Spurs have failed to invest whilst Chelsea couldn’t and they still have a better squad that the Lilywhites, and even North London rivals Arsenal have brought in better players. Spurs at one point were hanging around 3rd and 4th, looking to break into the top 2, given the way that they have managed the team, they are now fighting to stay in the top 4.
Loyalty Has a Limit
Pochettino is the glue that keeps everything together here at Tottenham and it is the reason why so many players want to come, and why so many wish to stay. What Mauricio has done with this team is outstanding and the constant failure by Levy to back him will come back to bite Spurs in the butt. Pochettino knows that he could walk into any managerial job on the planet and he is speaking like a man who is reaching the height of his frustrations. With Zidane’s position looking weak at Madrid, he may well be out by Christmas and Poch will be at the top of their list. If Poch goes, the likes of Alli, Son and perhaps even Kane could easily follow, leaving Spurs as a team who had the greatest chance to win the Premier League, or at least one which could create history, and failed on all fronts owing to their tight-fisted approach.
Sorry Spurs fans, but this is not going to be a fun season to watch.