Sunday, 29 July 2018

Can Tottenham Finally Win A Trophy

There is no denying that Mauricio Pochettino has done a magnificent job at Tottenham. Consecutive Champions League campaigns is nothing short of excellent and they will seize every opportunity they get in the Champions League with the battle for a top 4 finish even more intense. Spurs had an excellent season gone by with some wonderful football along the way. However, like Klopp at Liverpool, Pochettino is yet to win a trophy in charge of Tottenham and the fans will be desperate for silverware to return to White Hart Lane this season. Pochettino is desperate for a trophy to justify Tottenham’s football and money spent. However, with the likes of Harry Kane. Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in their side, surely it is only a matter of time before Spurs will some form of silverware and I’m sure the Spurs fans will be desperate for this to be the year they do.

Tottenham do play an enterprising style of football despite playing a formation perceived as negative. The 3-5-2 suited Tottenham at times last season with excellent centre backs to lead the play from the back. Jan Vertonghen, Davidson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld and at times Eric Dier were integral from starting attacks and keeping vast amounts of clean sheets. However, Pochettino also played with a constant back 4 at times and the versatility in his defenders allows him to change his tactics to suit opponents. However, Spurs’ midfield is also integral in everything they do with 2 anchors in the heart of their midfield. Alternating between the likes of Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and at times Mousa Sissoko, Tottenham had a strong steel in their midfield making it extremely difficult for teams to break them down. However, despite these excellent attributes, many football fans always seem to argue that Tottenham are a one man team being Harry Kane does everything. Yes Harry Kane is magnificent on a regular basis for Tottenham scoring goals and creating opportunities however, he has brilliant team mates in the attack with him. Dele Alli and Heung-min Son were excellent last season creating opportunities and scoring goals with Son in particular having his best ever season in England. He was brilliant while Kane wasn’t available and has truly become a fans favourite at Tottenham. However, there is one player who is certainly underestimated in this Tottenham team and that is Cristian Eriksen. The Dane seems to get better with each season that passes. His magic feet create so many opportunities for the Tottenham forwards and he is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League if not in Europe. Eriksen is integral to everything good about Tottenham going forward and Pochettino will be looking to him once again as Spurs target silverware this season. Of course, Harry Kane will be important for Spurs once again, but he has quality players around him that can also hurt teams and Pochettino will be desperate to keep this team together to have a real chance at winning something this season.

However, should Tottenham target success this season, they will need a squad and not just a starting eleven because although they have an excellent starting eleven, their bench does flatter to deceive at times and Pochettino will really have to assess who is good enough at Tottenham to help them achieve their goals. Certainly, Pochettino will want an adequate replacement for Harry Kane should he get injured, suspended or needs a rest and although Son has filled in at times, Pochettino’s preference is to play him out wide. Fernando Llorente does work hard when he plays but his goal return was severely disappointing and Pochettino will want somebody who can score the goals when Kane is unavailable. Furthermore, Spurs may choose not to spend money in the transfer window because there is a lot of faith in the academy products at the club and potentially some of those will hope to make an impact this season. Harry Winks certainly did that in parts last season and he will be hoping to make another significant contribution this season. Others such as Josh Onomah, Kyle Walker-Peters and Shayon Harrison will hope their chance comes this season. Both Onomah and Harrison have had loan spells away and I’m sure Pochettino will assess them further to see if they are ready to make a breakthrough this season. Furthermore, another important job in this window for Pochettino is to keep this team together because there is strong interest in lots of Spurs players including Harry Kane and Toby Alderweireld. Pochettino will be desperate to keep the core of his team together and boost his squad with signings rather than replacing what they could lose. Pochettino will be assessing all areas of his squad and I’m sure he has targets in mind but with just under 2 weeks of the window left, time is running for Tottenham to get the targets they want, and should they fail to sign new players, it could be difficult for Tottenham to compete for trophies.

The Tottenham fans will hope this is their season for a trophy whether that be the Premier League title or the FA Cup because they will feel the team has enough talent to win something this season. Pochettino will certainly feel the same way and the pressure for success will be further increased due to their magnificent new stadium and regular European appearances. This could be another special season at Tottenham should everything click into gear however, similar to Klopp at Liverpool, should there be no trophy once again this season, Pochettino could be deemed a failure at Spurs because off the lack of silverware and the pressure will be on him further. A trophy is what the fans and club crave for and they will be hoping this is the season it finally happens for Pochettino’s young team.

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