Spurs stand on the brink of a new season with high hopes. Last time round we saw a genuine title challenge, some scintillating football, new young stars and a third place finish.
However, there were a couple of flies in the ointment – the final stretch capitulation that saw our main rivals finish above us as we lost our heads, and this summer’s European Championships.
Both were a jolt back to reality and a reminder of how fickle football can be.
Second place made little material difference, and there is an argument that says staying in the title race longer than our North London neighbours was more impressive than a league position obtained after all the meaningful action was over. Tottenham aimed for the stars and fell short, while our neighbours settled for second.
But what a sucker I was when it came to the Euros! I had long since given up on caring about the England side of Lampard, Gerrard and Terry, but here was a young team filled with Spurs players – five in the starting line-up.
Let’s hope the experience hasn’t had any effect on the confidence of our England contingent, especially Harry Kane who took a lot of the abuse.
It looks like Pochettino has quietly and patiently made the transfer moves most supporters had been hollering for back in January. A striker to back up Kane and a strong ball winning midfielder to supplement Dier. The extra workload of Champions League football turned these from important to a necessity.
Wanyama has a proven Premier League pedigree and has worked with the manager before. Janssen is more of a gamble – one season wonders in the Eredivisie have a mixed history – but a look at his numbers suggest he has the fundamental skills to succeed at a higher level. With his touted work effort, along with his obvious finishing prowess, he sounds a good fit for Pochettino.
I for one can’t wait for the games to begin.
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