Another season of mediocrity for Spurs

by Robbie Dunne

Lamela Spurs 2014The appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager didn’t come as a surprise to many in the football world. The ambitious Argentinian has a sharp football mind with the kind of progressive approach to football that Spurs have been looking for, in earnest, for quite some time. The newly appointed manager guided Southampton to a record seventh in the Premier League last year with some of the most enjoyable football on display during last season’s campaign.

Spurs have a glut of talent ready to explode onto the scene, and the kind of forgettable rookie campaigns that forge a steadfast mentality within anyone that has lived through one. Erik Lamela has surely heard the jokes about his disappearance, Christian Eriksen only really got going near the end of the season, and Lewis Holtby’s mid-season loan move has only added fuel to the fire that makes him want to be a first team regular. The less said about Robert Soldado the better, but one as to believe that he will not has as miserable a time in his second year with the club.

For all intents and purposes, Tottenham Hotspur are everybody’s dark horses this season, something reflected in the English Premier League odds. There is a fresh feel to the squad, with some key purchases in line to stabilise their platform or success. They will be unrecognisable under Pochettino and will most certainly improve. The only problem is that the five teams that currently sit in front of them in people’s estimations will improve, also.

Manchester City are not just thinking of a Premier League title here and there, but are instead thinking of utter dominance for years to come. Arsenal have added in key areas with Arsene Wenger finally stretching the purse strings to previously unthinkable lengths, Manchester United have invested in their squad and will no doubt be in the melting pot when “squeaky-bum time” rolls around, Chelsea may not be the Rolls Royce model that we ordinarily think of them as, but have one of the best drivers in all of football and should be close when the finish line beckons, and Liverpool, having lost Luis Suarez, will make a point not to plateau or take a step backwards after such an unlikely season in 2013/14.

While hopes are sure to be lifted with the new atmosphere down at “The Lane” and every single fan in the world has the right to be excited, albeit sometimes unmerited, about their teams’ chances during the summer, Tottenham Hotspur will again be left battling for a Champions League spot come April with little or no chance of actually making progress.

The kind of marquee player that they sold in order to fund the depth in their squad, is what they are still lacking. The hope is that Erik Lamela can be that man but in reality, the progress that the top four or five are making on a yearly basis is almost impossible to keep up with. It will take a season of unthinkable consistency and punching above their weight in order to have a fighting chance of breaking into the top four.

Not to advocate the investment of tycoon businessmen but until Spurs can conjure up a star like they had in Bale, or develop on of the youngsters that currently call White Hart Lane their place of work, the distance between them and the upper echelons of the Premier League will be too vast.

While the thoughts of such a campaign don’t seem too appetising, they are moving in the right direction at least and in Pochettino, they have a shrewd head coach, who might ring the changes and even attract the odd marquee player with his style.

8 Responses

  1. Mark Langton says:

    So 6th is mediocrity? there will be 90 odd teams below them in the league and only 5 teams above them and that is a failed season? Man UTD have invested in their squad?? I think the writer needs to do a bit more research before he fires up his old Olivetti typewriter.

  2. bhimself2012 says:

    Don’t think it’s too much coffee- this article sounds more like coming through the rye. Spurs is a much stronger team than the one Bale left. One major gap is a dependable striker. We need to hope that Soldado can deliver this year. Lamela will be a major contributor – not a guess or a wish but a fact.
    The striker shortfall may be difficult – Kane is coming along- but he’s not there yet. Either Soldado must produce or we need one of – Chicarito, Benteke,Bony,Destro or Balotelli (listed in order of preference) The rest is solid.

  3. gog says:

    I still am reeling at the fact that Levy said no to Frank De Boer a winner at every level with a team including Jaap Stam and Dennis Bergkamp ( a long time admirer of the 1980s Spurs team) I don’t understand it. Unless there is something else going on why wouldn’t you appoint winners at every level who “want” to give up wining the dutch league to come and re invent Tottenham Hotspur….it’s ridiculous…I like Pochetino but how can he match the De Boer team?

  4. Truth says:

    It was a tough choice between De Boer and Poch. However, in a pinch would you take someone who turned a relegation level Premier team into the top half of the table and bring through average players to international status – OR – a manager who kept a top Danish team at the top of its league? One is proven premiership material – one could be good premiership material.

  5. shamrockcoys says:

    Liverpool can be as careful as they want not to plateau there not as good as spurs, but that never worries you guys ,your 1980s love affair with a team who kicks off today with an average mid table team of players will all come out on the playing field, , please write another article explaining this next may. thanks

  6. tom says:

    Very well put, Poch record and some knowledge of EPL meant his apt over FDB was a soltd sensible decision.

  7. Anon says:

    Tottenham need a ball playing central defender, one with pace and able to clear up whatever gets beyond Vettonghen and a line leader, perhaps Ade can hit the ground running, if so with Lloris, Vertonghen (hopefully + one). Sandro, Erikson and Ade and Soldado, Tottenham then will be strong right through the middle (spine as beloved by the idiots we normally listen to in the media after the match), Spurs are treading on the coat-tails of teams with 2-3 times more spending power than they have, mediocre more goes to explain the drivel in this article, not the achievements of THFC.

  8. Another hack journalist just parroting the dailies and the tabloids. like those little schoolboys who when asked about their favourite players just repeat the Messi, Ronaldo mantra they heard from the media. Silly boy, Tottenham has an incredibly exciting and deep squad. Where they finish this season will be no accident though it might be fifth or sixth.

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