4 players key to Tottenham’s quest for Champions League qualification

4 players key to Tottenham’s quest for Champions League qualification

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Harry Kane: The most obvious choice. Without Harry Kane’s goals, and general all round play, Tottenham would be languishing in mid table. Having announced himself last year with a 30+ goal season, and scoring within 2 minutes after coming on for England on debut, he struggled early doors, with some citing the players’ workload as the reason for his struggles. However, he overcame his struggles, scoring against City, followed by a hat trick at Bournemouth shortly after, signalling he is more than just a one season wonder. Going into the new year with 11 goals to his name in the league, he has the perfect platform to push on and challenge Vardy, Lukaku and Ighalo amongst others for the golden boot. Alongside his goal scoring prowess, Kane is a hard worker, can hold the ball up and bring others into the game, making him almost a complete striker. With Euro 2016 at the end of the season, prepare for a strong second half of the campaign from Kane, as he looks to be the man to lead the line for England at the Euros.

Toby Alderweireld: Toby Alderweireld has been key in the transformation from one of England’s most error prone defensive units, to nothing short of an impenetrable wall. A summer signing from Atletico Madrid, taken from under Southampton’s noses, has shown why Levy pulled out all the stops to bring him to White Hart Lane. His high levels of discipline, his organisational abilities and his wide range of passing have added another dimension to Tottenham’s backline. Not only has he done wonders on an individual level, Alderweireld seems to have helped Vertonghen raise his performance levels. By doing so, they rekindled a partnership from their more youthful days at Ajax, where both players were highly thought of, but Alderweireld took a longer route to Tottenham. If Alderweireld can continue to impose himself in Tottenham’s defence, whilst keeping the rest of the backline in check, Tottenham will continue to shut sides out. More clean sheets and dominating defensive displays will only enhance Tottenham’s Champions League chances.

 

Hugo Lloris: Hugo Lloris signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2012. After an initially frustrating time playing second fiddle to Brad Friedel, he has since inserted himself as number one and never looked back. Easily in the top 5 goalkeepers in the Premiership, Hugo Lloris’s shot stopping abilities has won, and will win, Tottenham many points between now and the end of the season. This has been proven by his unbelievable clawing out of the corner recently against Watford at 1-1, and earlier this season with a wonder save from Sako, when the score was 0-0, in a game Tottenham went onto win. In between some of these match winning moments, there have been some moments to forget, such as Ayoze Perez’s late winner that beat him in the loss against Newcastle, but these are becoming increasingly rare. With Hugo Lloris between the sticks, Tottenham have themselves a Champions League quality goalkeeper, and if he continues to perform to the levels he can, he will find himself playing the level of football he deserves next season.

Dele Alli: A February recruit from MK Dons for £5 million shows how very far just how much can happen in the space of a year. From playing League One football in January 2015, to a key cog in a top four challenging team in 2016, Dele Alli’s rise has been nothing short of remarkable. The box to box midfielder holds every key attribute, from tackling and intercepting to movement and finishing, and the scary thing is, he will only get better. Chipping in with 4 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League at vital times, his contributions do not stop there. Defensively, he averages over 2 interceptions and tackles in league. Alli’s unbelievable stamina levels mean he can undertake the high press system, as well as being able to affect the game from anywhere from his own penalty area to the oppositions penalty area at key times in games. With potential in abundance, Dele Alli has drawn comparisons to players like Steven Gerrard. However, between now and the end of the season, he will be looking to continue his fine form and help Spurs achieve CL qualification, and cement his place on the plane to France in the summer.