The Barclays Premier League title race has certainly excited football enthusiasts all around the world, but one team that has provided us with constant entertainment is Tottenham Hotspur. Of course, Leicester City are edging ever closer to seeing their name carved into the illustrious trophy for the first time in their history, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men have certainly played their part in an enthralling campaign. Since arriving at White Hart Lane back in the summer of 2014, the Argentine has instilled an attractive, but more importantly, effective footballing philosophy that has caused fans to wax lyrical about performances.
Following Pochettino guiding Spurs to a fifth-placed finish as well as a League Cup final in his debut season, he has built on that success further by nurturing the plethora of young talent at his disposal. The energy and enthusiasm of his team has been a significant factor in regards to their rise, and the quartet of Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been touted as potential spearheads to any potential England success at Euro 2016. If they do prove to be key figures for their country, how much of the credit does the Tottenham boss deserve to be lauded with for trusting in their ability?
You just need to look at the meteoric rise of the latter pairing, they have been mesmerizing. Alli signed for the London-based club in February 2015, but he was immediately loaned back out to Milton Keynes Dons, the then League One outfit where he attracted interest initially. That decision to allow him to continue his development in the third tier was a masterstroke, and he went on to win promotion with Karl Robinson’s side. Consequently, he joined up with Spurs in time for the new season with a spring in his step, and the confidence given to him has worked wonders as he continues to light up the nation’s top flight. With Kane, Tottenham arguably own the most complete forward England have been blessed with for a long time and he currently leads the way in the league’s scoring charts with 24 goals.
When Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid for £85 million in 2013, supporters were worried that the almighty task of replacing the Welsh winger would prove too difficult. Initially, Spurs’ ambitions of cementing a Champions League spot proved to be elusive as a host of new signings unperformed, but the likes of Erik Lamela have come to the fore this time around with consistency within their quality. In general, Tottenham have been extremely organised and their solidity in the defensive areas provides a platform for their more creative players to express themselves going forward. They have conceded the least amount of goals in the division and their goal scoring exploits mean they are in the top three in regards to finding the net themselves. European football awaits Spurs next season and they will be hopeful that it provides a catalyst to securing their status as an established top four outfit.
With the relocation to a new stadium upon the horizon for the club, the future is certainly not in set in stone for Tottenham Hotspur. Having to ground-share whilst construction takes place is something that could have negative repercussions, with supporters potentially facing a 55 mile journey to Stadium MK if rumours are true. How will that impact on Spurs financially in the short term? Pochettino will just be praying that he can keep hold of his starlets, and if he manages that, the future could be very bright for this famous football club. If the Premier League crown eludes them this time around, the foundations are there to challenge again next term.