Despite Leicester city edging towards the Premier League title, Tottenham Hotspur fans should not be ashamed of how far their club has come in the last few years.
Rewind 7 years, and Spurs lay bottom of the Premier League table under the guidance of Juande Ramos. With a poor squad and no money to invest, Harry Redknapp took over from the sacked Ramos and guided a much-rejuvenated squad to 4th the following season – their best ever finish at the time.
Even after Redknapp, Spurs managed to achieve success under the guidance of Tim Sherwood. Even though Spurs finished 6th, it is arguable that much of this success can be credited to the incredible talents of Gareth Bale, who very often guided Spurs single-handedly to their impressive position in the table.
Despite chopping and changing between managers and players, Daniel Levy has been unable to guide Spurs to any sort of long-term, stable success. For a club like Tottenham, a finish in the top 4 would be seen as a success.
After hiring Mauricio Pochetinno from fellow Premier League rivals Southampton, Tottenham have advanced to an entire new level of success. Pochetinno has superbly developed the Tottenham squad to focus on youth developed, resulting in the spine of the current England squad consisting of Spurs players.
Pochetinno is also a coach who plays to the strengths of the team – renown for building a pressing team with a solid base, Spurs have the best defence in the entire league. This, in combination with a star-studded attack, equates to success. Despite this relative success in such a short space of time for Pochetinno, Spurs look unlikely to win the Premier League this season due to the brilliance of Leicester City.
Despite this short-term disappointment, the future looks bright for Tottenham Hotspur. Like at spurs, Pochetinno has created an extremely young squad with much potential. The signing of progeny Dele Alli has highlighted the Argentine’s eye for youth talent. With age and experience, these players will only get better. Therefore we cannot expect anything other than Spurs to get even better.
Tottenham have been unlucky this season. Having scored the most goals in the league and conceded the least, it is clear to see that the days of being a “one-man team” or struggling for a fourth-place finish are gone. As long as Levy offers Pochetinno moral and financial support, and Spurs keep hold of star players such as Kane and Eriksen in the summer, there is no reason why they cannot win the league next season.