2016 saw some of the best performances for Spurs in years, with one of the best finishes they’ve had in years coming at the end of last season finishing in 3rd despite the fact that they could have finished 2nd if they didn’t drop points on the last few match days.
The start of this season has also been extremely positive by starting an unbeaten run which ended in a 2-1 away defeat to Chelsea in November. The unbeaten run also saw Heung-Min Son win the Premier League player of the month for September by bagging two braces against Stoke and Middlesborough. The Autumn months also saw numerous contract renewals keeping vital first team players such as Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Danny Rose as well as most of the other first team players making sure that they will stay for as long as possible which makes sure that their market value is high in case they’re sold. The contract renewals imply how committed the players are to the club and how they can see the club moving forward in years to come.
Spurs will go in to 2017 in 5th place and will face Watford on New years day with Kyle Walker being suspended and Erik Lamela will also miss out due to an injury picked up earlier in the season. However, after a solid 4-1 away win at Southampton, confidence will surely be very high after Dele bagged 2 goals on his 50th Premier League appearance for the Lilywhites meaning that he has the 2nd most goal contributions of 26 (16 goals and 10 assists) of any Spurs midfielder, 2nd only to Rafael Van Der Vaart with 32 (20 goals and 12 assists.)
The summer transfer window saw the arrival of 4 new players being Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle becoming Spurs’ record signing, Vincent Janseen from AZ Alkmaar, Pau Lopez on loan from RC Espanyol and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou from Marseille in one of the longest transfer sagas of the summer who have all added a good level of squad depth going into the season which will make it very unlikely for Pochettino and Levy to sign any new players in January. Tottenham arguably have one of the most all rounded teams in the premier league and have a fantastic connection as they all seem to be good friends off and on the pitch which translates into recent performances with the team’s chemistry showing in convincing wins over solid opposition like Manchester United, Stoke and Southampton over the course of this year.
Spurs have however been linked with midfield talent such as Everton’s Ross Barkley as potential competition to Christian Eriksen, as well as Villareal’s 25 year old Manu Trigueros and Schalke 04’s young wonderkid Max Meyer who they’ve been linked to since the summer as the 21 year continues to impress in the Bundesliga as one of the leagues best young midfielder’s as his driving runs and passing ability make him an extremely exciting prospect for clubs such as Spurs.
Overall, 2016 can be seen as a potential launching pad for years to come for Spurs as they look to be in the best position to be successful in years with a promising academy setup and Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, it’s onwards and upwards for Tottenham.
Come On You Spurs.