Date Founded: 1882
Ground: White Hart Lane (36k)
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Rivals: Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United
Last season’s finish: 6th
First five games:
West Ham (A), QPR (H), Liverpool (H), Sunderland (A), West Brom (H)
Hugo Lloris – The French captain has his critics for his style of goalkeeping, but there is no doubt that he is also responsible for keeping Tottenham in matches. His incredible reflexes and quick decision-making were often essential last season, with a poor defence that left him busy trying to prevent goals from being conceded.
Kyle Walker – The 24 year old English right back was unlucky to miss out on a trip to the World Cup after a recurring injury kept him out. He is a solid defender with good pace and an attacking threat when he comes forward – although he does need to improve his crossing ability.
Christian Eriksen – He was voted Player of the Season by the Spurs supporters last season, and is the one signing from the many that looks to be a good purchase following the sale of Bale. For the second half of last season he began to add goals to his game, often at key moments, helping Tottenham qualify for the Europa League. He appears a bargain for the £11 million paid for his services, and will most likely be a starter for much of next season if he continues where he left off.
Ben Davies – 21 year old defender, an exchange deal with Gylfi Sigurðsson, signed from Swansea
Michel Vorm – 30 year old goalkeeper, signed for £3.5 million from Swansea
Eric Dier – 20 year old defender, signed for £4 million from Sporting CP
Areas to improve:
With a goal difference of +4 last season, it is clear there were problems throughout the team. A few results would have been tough to take for the fans after heavy defeats against Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea with defensive vulnerabilities often exposed. I think its fair to say that improvements are needed in this department, with new recruit Ben Davies a likely starter at left back this season. There are question marks over the captain, Michael Dawson, who didn’t have the best of seasons last year. Up front Soldado will need to start scoring goals if he wants to stay at the club, and prove why £26 million was paid for him. Adebayor managed to solve the scoring issues when Tim Sherwood began playing him after taking over from AVB, but he seems quite inconsistent to me and I think this is still an area to improve – perhaps Harry Kane will step up.
I think that Spurs will have a good display in the cup competitions this season, going far in the Europa League, but I’m not sure that the current squad is capable of breaking into the Top 4. After barely seeing Lamela last season (9 league appearances) I think that he’ll have a much bigger role and cement his place as a starter out wide, and at 22 he should continue to improve. I consider that the main aim of Tottenham this year will be to restore pride to the club after several embarrassments, and to build a good foundation to work on for the future.