The improvement of this exciting, young and dynamic Spurs squad has been a delight for the neutral. A record points tally, record amount of goals scored and their highest ever Premier League finish. White Hart Lane became the toughest away day of the season as they swept all aside at home. But, they had to say their goodbyes on May 14th as the Lane closes its doors. Spurs move south to Wembley as the away day becomes a new challenge for visiting sides.
However, their recent record at the home of English football is not one to look back on with fondness. One win in five games as it was the stage for an uninspiring European campaign and FA Cup misery. In a season full of positivity and blossoming stars, what was wrong at Wembley? The pitch, the atmosphere, the expectations? Whatever it is, they must find a way to adapt to their surroundings by the time August rolls around.
The PFA Young Player of the Year and Fans Player of the Year, Dele Alli and Harry Kane were two of the outstanding talents in the league. Kane won the golden boot and racked up a 20+ goal return for the third season in a row, only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Alexandre Lacazette can match that in the five major European leagues. Alli has come on leaps and bounds. 18 goals and seven assists shows his integral role in Mauricio Pochettino’s team. Spurs’ priority this summer should be to make sure, along with Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris, they keep the core of this fantastic group at the club.
For the last two seasons, they’ve been the nearly men. Although they finished third in 2016, it was an unlikely capitulation on the last day that gifted rivals Arsenal second, but they showed them who the force of North London was this time. Pochettino is proving himself as one of the brightest young coaches in European football and is nurturing his squad into a title challenging one with players that are going up a level by the season.
Despite their league standings, it shouldn’t be forgotten that their trophy drought is at nine years and it will be 10 if they are to end it next season! It’s all good gaining Champions League football, but at Wembley they crumbled as they crashed out not only in the elite competition but over two legs to Gent in the Europa League. For Spurs to go from pretenders to contenders whilst attempting to rekindle a winning feeling in cup competitions, they need to push on. Otherwise they might find the likes of Kane and Alli will be turned by the heavyweights of the continent.
Some bolstering to the squad could be done to improve their chances of a successful go in the Champions League. The last transfer window only brought Victor Wanyama that influenced the side, Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Jansenn struggled to make a similar impression. So long as the contribution from the supporting trio of Heun Min-Son, Chrstian Eriksen and Alli can be maintained if Kane is inevitably missing for a spell, next season could be a defining one in the history of Tottenham Hotspur.
The lure of the Champions League and the attractive, exciting style they play means they can bring in top players. Alexandre Lacazette, Kostas Manolas, Jordan Pickford and Naby Keita are among those they should be looking at. In order to bring the Premier League title into the new stadium with them, Spurs must spend.
As a new 61,000 seater stadium follows their Wembley experience, they need to assure they go into it with fans confident they can make the step up to compete consistently at the highest level. The future can be bright, the present is so promising, it’s only the past that can stop the momentum that Spurs are riding on.