The Premier League season is approaching at warp speed and there is a lot of talk about whether Liverpool will be able to go one further than last year and snatch the title from Pep Guardiola’s grasp.
Still, we think Tottenham Hotspur have an outside chance of being the team to topple Manchester City. It’s certainly what they should be aiming for and here are five reasons why.
The English striker arguably is the best out and out striker in the world let alone the Premier League. Over his Premier League career, he’s managed a goal every game and a half and if he can remain free from injury throughout the coming campaign then he will turn draws, which Spurs had too many of last year, into wins.
Although Kane will be under pressure to produce the goods, he’ll definitely maintain his consistency in finding the back of the net.
LEARNING FROM DEFEAT
Last season was a decent one for Spurs, not incredible but progress unquestionably. Their collapse from a title-chasing position during the closing months of the campaign will linger in the memory of the players involved.
The leaders of the group will make sure it doesn’t happen again. When you combine that with the heartache of their Champions League defeat there are plenty of harsh lessons that have been learned over the past few months.
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After a rather embarrassing delay to the grand opening of their new ground. Spurs are now settled in the 62,000-seater stadium, which will host two American football games in October. Even though the games are not between teams tipped as NFL playoffs favorites, they will still be entertaining and attract lots of visitors.
Teams will come and potentially up their game for such an occasion, but Spurs players were open with their thoughts on missing White Hart Lane last season and you can guarantee the supporters are glad to be back in familiar territory as well.
Provided Tottenham get off to a strong start, the atmosphere for home games will be electric and it could easily become a fortress.
THE WOBBLING RIVALS
Okay, it’s fair to say it’s not the runaway pair from last season who are having a wobble but Manchester United are in the early stage of a huge rebuild. Ole Gunnar Solskjaeris looking to incorporate youth into his squad.
In the capital, Chelsea have appointed an inexperienced manager in Frank Lampard, have lost their standout player in the form of Eden Hazard and cannot sign anyone because of a transfer embargo.
Tottenham’s fiercest rivals, Arsenal, went on tour without their captain and it looks like they’ll fail to bolster their fragile defense once again.
Why does that help Spurs’ pursuit of the title I hear you ask? Well, it allows Tottenham to focus all their attention on looking forwards because over a 38 game season they should comfortably collect more points than the trio mentioned.
This means there should be no desperate scramble for the top four to unsettle their rhythm, which is something that has happened in the past.
THE LOOSENED PURSE STRINGS
After two windows of no signings and a new stadium looming over them, you’d be forgiven for assuming Spurs would go without acquiring new players in this window, but Mauricio Pochettino has been able to dust off the old cheque-book and bring in some quality players to bolster his ranks.
Already Tanguy Ndombele has arrived for near on £60m whilst Ryan Sessegnon is expected to sign in the coming days along with Giovani Lo Celso, who looks set to leave Real Betis after they landed Nabil Fekir in a cut-price deal.
Those three instantly improve the first-team squad and strength beyond the starting 11 is an area where Spurs have lacked for a while now.
There you have it, five reasons why Spurs could spring a surprise in the coming season. Last year was a hurdle too far but with a fit Harry Kane, a few of the new signings, a lack of fight from the usual rivals, and with the momentum that could be generated from their new home, the stars could well align for Pochettino and his men.