Premiership Preview: Tottenham

It would be fair to say that Tottenham have tried their upmost to push into the top cluster of teams over the years, and have undertaken numerous approaches. They’ve tried to invest in raw British talent, attempted to lure Europe’s best to White Hart Lane but as of yet, nothing has delivered Champions League football.

The 2014/15 season has seen Daniel Levy and his board of directors embark on a new strategy, with Mauricio Pochettino the new man in the hot seat. However, with most bookies handing Spurs a price of 66/1 for the title, the general consensus is that they will struggle to mount any sort of challenge.

What happened last season?

The sale of Gareth Bale was always going to affect Spurs hugely, although most people thought that they would be able to cope better than they really did in his absence last term. Andre Villas-Boas opted to invest all of the money in a host of high-risk purchases, yet very few, if any, pulled off.

Villas-Boas was subsequently made to pay with his job, even though there were suspicions that he wasn’t given full control over his transfer budget. From that point on Spurs’ campaign really went down the pan and while Tim Sherwood did try his upmost to turn things around, 6th place obviously wasn’t satisfactory for his superiors who opted to dispense of his services immediately after the campaign had concluded.

Has it been a busy summer?

In typical Tottenham style it has most certainly been a busy summer. Spurs made Southampton boss Pochettino their number one target from the word go and it wasn’t long before his appointment was confirmed.

Nevertheless, in relation to transfers, the club have been relatively quiet in comparison to previous seasons. Ben Davies has been their most significant capture after he arrived in a £10m deal from Swansea and with the club struggling defensively in the full back positions over the last few years, this might be the player that can finally plug the gap and make them progress.

Another man to arrive from Swansea was Michel Vorm, although there have been numerous question marks hanging over this transfer. The fact that Spurs already have a more than competent keeper in Hugo Lloris suggests to many that this could be a waste of the £5m transfer fee that they invested.

The other two captures came in the form of Eric Dier and DeAndre Yedlin from Sporting Lisbon and Seattle Sounders respectively. While both men do have decent pedigrees abroad, it remains to be seen if they are able to make the transition to the top tier of British football. In the case of Yedlin, fans won’t get the chance to see him at White Hart Lane until next term though as he will return to the US on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Rather than concentrating on incomings, Pochettino has seemingly been instructed to slash the wage bill. No fewer than fourteen faces have left London over the course of the summer, although there is only Gylfi Sigurdsson who was remotely close to the first team as he completed a switch to Swansea.

What’s the prediction?

As for a prediction, we don’t see any evidence to suggest that Tottenham will improve on last term’s finish. While some people might be encouraged by the appointment of Pochettino, the jury will still be out on whether or not he can replicate his Southampton success on a much bigger scale. For the time being he hasn’t strengthened the squad significantly, and this suggests to us that again Spurs will be struggling for the top four. In fact, considering some of the money that rival teams have invested, we think they’ll struggle to match last term’s 6th place finish. Of course, there are still rumours that the club are going to invest further in the transfer market, but on current showing we don’t see anything that suggests any sort of progression.

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