Can Tottenham match their success from last season?

Can Tottenham match their success from last season?

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Last season saw Tottenham put on one of their best displays ever in the Premier League. They finished in third position, narrowly missing out to Arsenal for second place by only one point. The season prior to this they finished 5th, so qualifying for Champions League football was an impressive achievement for the North London club. The main queston this season is whether they can do this again which is difficult to predict so you may be better off punting at than elsewhere!

Their top scorer Harry Kane put on a phenomenal performance all season, and other Spurs players, such as Dele Alli and Eric Dier impressed so much they were then selected for the England

team for Euro 2016. However will their appearance in these additional games over the summer dampen their fitness at the start of this season? There is no denying that Kane was not on his usual top form in the Euro’s, where he looked tired for most of the matches he played in. After such a heavy season where he participated in practically every game it is not surprising this affected his form, but the last thing manager Mauricio Pochettino wants is for it to hinder his performance in the league. Also, by featuring in the Champion’s League they will have a lot more games to play, and Kane is bound to be a top figure in both the tournament and the league.

Their first game of the season saw them come from behind to draw 1-1 away at Everton and Saturday saw their first win against Crystal Palace.  Neither performance so far however has shown much spark in Spurs, and their win did seem to come at the expense of Palace, who played solidly and put on a performance that really

would have been worthy of a draw. It will be interesting to see how Tottenham fare against the more challenging teams in the league when they come to face them, with their next game against fellow title chasers Liverpool coming up on the bank holiday weekend.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that he has not finished buying players in this summer’s transfer market. The last couple of months has already seen them make a couple of additions to the team with Vincent Janssen from AZ Alkmaar and Victor Wayama from Southampton joining, but we are yet to see any substantial deals done. Interest has been shown in Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who would definitely be a welcome addition to the club in the interim until current goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is back from injury, after damaging

his hamstring in the first game of the season which has seen him side-lined for at least 4 weeks.

Rumours have also been rife about the possible signing of 21 year old winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou from Marseille, who, even though his professional career only started a few years ago, has already been tipped to be a huge success. With the amount of extra games next season due to the Champions League, it would be beneficial for Pochettino to make some more additions to the team so that the team is large enough to rotate.

Much of the criticism surrounding Spurs last season was that their side was too young and inexperienced to put in a legitimate attempt of winning the league. This can only be seen as a positive moving forward though, as these younger players are already gaining more experience and confidence in their game, and are showing a good solid performance working together. It is imperative therefore that Pochettino keeps the interest of these players, as they are bound to attract the attention of the larger clubs. The lure of Champion’s League football this season will definitely help to keep them for now, and hopefully they will able to face the challenges ahead as a secure team.

Coming up against some of the bigger giants in the league though, I do doubt they will emulate their success this season, but as long as they impress in the Champions League and continue to grow as a team Spurs will soon be a force to be reckoned with.