Last season, it was sweethearts Leicester City who swept the nation with their fantastic title win under Claudio Ranieri, but a story which wasn’t enjoying as much publicity was the growing reputation of what could be a fantastic Tottenham side for years to come, a Tottenham side without a league title since 1961.
Despite such a fantastic season, they did end up in third place, once again behind North London rivals Arsenal – in my opinion, a false finish which allowed Arsenal to paper of the cracks – however, Spurs didn’t win any of their final four games. They were firmly in second place from the win over Watford all the way up to the final day thrashing at Newcastle United.
Here are a few reasons why I think Tottenham Hotspur can win the Premier League:
First of all, the signings they have made add to an already fantastic squad. Victor Wanyama has slotted in seamlessly. Moussa Sissoko does have a lot of ability despite not showing it all too often and is very versatile. Georges N’Koudou has yet to make an impact and finally, Vincent Janssen, a backup striker to Harry Kane. Although he hasn’t hit the ground running, he is a top player and a Dutch International.
Despite four draws in their previous four games (the last two being against an in-form Arsenal and the Champions Leicester,) they are still unbeaten – the only side to be so in the Premier League, even without key players such as Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Dembele and Harry Kane. While I’m not suggesting Spurs will go unbeaten, not for a second, it shows they have a lot of metal, however, they will need to turn some of those draws into wins.
Another reason is their defensive record. They have conceded just six goals in the Premier League, three better than a Chelsea side who haven’t conceded in five games. This is having been without Alderweireld, one would think Tottenham will be a much stronger side with him alongside fellow Belgian, Jan Vertonghen. The problem is at the other end, just 15 goals, less than 16th place Crystal Palace and nine less than anyone in the top four. As I have mentioned, though, with Kane back from injury, and 46 league goals in his last two full seasons, Spurs could see an upturn in their fortunes.
Finally, their manager. Mauricio Pochettino developed some sort of reputation in Spain with Espanyol, but left them bottom of La Liga to replace Southampton manager Nigel Adkins at St. Mary’s. He then joined Spurs and since then has done a brilliant job, and once again, has gone under the radar when people were talking about all the great managers in the Premier League this season, more often than not mentioning Klopp, Mourinho, Guardiola, Conte, Ranieri and Wenger before Spurs’ Argentine boss.
Additionally, he has done wonders for England’s national team. At Southampton, he helped Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert into the England squad, since he has been at Spurs he’s had an even bigger impact. Kyle Walker has almost nailed down the right-back spot for himself. Harry Kane is the main man up top, Dele Alli made his England debut little more than three months after his first Premier League outing and is now an integral part of the team. Eric Dier has been touted as a future England captain and was one of England’s better performers at the European Championships. Danny Rose has also cemented a squad place despite a lot of competition in the left-back position.
Overall, a lot of things may have to fall into place, and a little luck will be needed. But a lot of factors are in the Lilywhites’ favour so the question is…can they win the league?
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