A month back barely anyone would have pitted Spurs to make it into the top four. Now with new acquisitions and a string of good results, Spurs are not only turning everyone’s opinions but are also generating a positive hype around their name.
Let’s breakdown how much of the current scenario is going to play into Spur’s favour.
Summer window signings:
The words “signings” and “Tottenham Hotspur” have not been used together positively for quite some time. This year however the script has been flipped as Spurs emerge from the window as one of the most successful clubs. Let’s take a look at their business this window.
Midfield recruitments – Lo Celso and Hojbjerg:
Giovani Lo Celso joined Spurs last year in a one year loan deal from Real Betis. Lo Celso soon became a starter and earned his place in the Spurs’ midfield. His performances lead to Tottenham making his loan deal permanent.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg became Spurs’ first new addition this window. The former Saints’ captain was expected to be a backup defensive midfielder to Eric Dier. However, Dier’s new role in the defence has meant Hojbjerg has started every single league match so far.
Strong fullbacks – Doherty and Reguilon:
At the end of last season, Spurs’ weakest spot were their fullbacks – lack of depth and quality. The signing of Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon, addresses both the issues, and now Spurs are extremely strong in the position.
Doherty has been one of the most attacking fullbacks in the league, with Wolves, and in Reguilon Spurs have got one of the most complete fullbacks who was one of the best in La Liga. Aurier staying in the club adds to the quality, while the experienced Davies provides depth.
Essential backups – Vinicius and Hart
Although Joe Hart was signed to complete the English quota, it is never too bad to have one of the most experienced English keeper in your ranks. At Spurs, Hart can finally look to stay long and make a contribution.
Carlos Vinicius might be the most important signing of the window for Spurs. Although world-class, Kane has riddled with injuries and Spurs have found themselves without a proper striker. Safe to say those days are behind them now.
Return of the prodigal son – Gareth Bale
Definitely the most talked about transfer this window. Bale joined Spurs on loan after leaving them seven years ago for a then world record fee.
While his last few seasons at Madrid have not been fruitful, Bale’s quality as a player is still very much to be feared. Expect him to take the league by storm (again), provided he remains fit.
How they have fared so far?
Tottenham kick started their season with a disappointing loss against Everton. They managed to turn it around against Southampton, where Kane and Son unleashed their individual brilliance. A controversial penalty to Newcastle in the dying stages, saw them being robbed off a win. Their latest thumping of Man United by 6-1 showed the quality of their starting eleven, as they brushed off the Red Devils with ease.
In cup competitions, Spurs managed to win both their qualifiers, including a 7-2 win and reach the Europa League group stage. While in the EFL Cup they fought off Chelsea on penalties to reach the quarters.
Overall Spurs have been clinical in their matches, but it is to notice that when Kane and Son have a terrible day, no one else has stepped up. Hopefully, Bale would be able to take care of that situation once fit.
Will they make the top four?
After first four matches, the teams which have stood are Liverpool, Everton and surprisingly Aston Villa. Chelsea and Arsenal are expected to keep pushing towards the top, as their new recruits are still settling in. Both Manchester clubs lie far below, while City is expected to recover, United seems largely unpredictable.
This leaves Tottenham with an excellent chance of making it into the top four. Jose Mourinho would be looking to bank onto his much known second season magic. Do a silverware look to be on the cards for Spurs this season, maybe the Europa League?