The start of a new football season should be a positive time for everyone involved and at Spurs, there is plenty to be happy about. Having finished third and second in the previous two campaigns, players have enjoyed a summer without a major tournament and should be returning refreshed and ready to go one better again when 2017/18 kicks off.
However, those comments from Danny Rose and the uncertainty over the switch to Wembley Stadium may have fans feeling a little more concerned when they travel to Newcastle on Sunday as the only side in the Premier League to have not made any signings ahead of the new season.
Need for Change?
It is, of course, questionable whether Tottenham need any fresh blood as the new campaign gets underway. The real quest was to keep hold of their best assets as Spurs fought off reported interest from Manchester United for Eric Dier and supporters will doubtless be nervous as Barcelona, with an extra 222m Euros to spend following the sale of Neymar, are linked with Dele Alli.
At the same time, Tottenham have received over £50m from Manchester City for their second choice right back while it seems likely that Chairman Daniel Levy is just holding out for the right offer to be made for Moussa Sissoko.
There is the issue of the back up striker for Harry Kane and it’s a question that hasn’t been answered for the last two seasons. Vincent Janssen joined from AZ last summer and has disappointed so far but when you take Kane’s 29 league goals in 30 matches in 2017/18 and add the contributions from midfield, do Janssen’s negligible efforts really matter?
Alli, Christian Eriksen and Song Heung-Min rattled in 40 league goals between them last time out and Son seemed a much better alternative to Kane than Janssen when the England striker was rested or unavailable. With Erik Lamela just showing signs of a return to full fitness, surely everything should be positive as Tottenham prepare for Champions League football and a new Premier League campaign at their adopted home?
While a natural progression from third to second would see Spurs competing for the title this season, the club and its fans would be happy enough for now to see another top four finish plus a more competitive campaign in the Champions League that would see them get out of the group stages at the very least.
Spurs are one of the outside bets for the Premier League title in 2017/18 but will still be a sound option for most of their games while Harry Kane is the favourite to take the Golden Boot once again. Tottenham could form part of some very profitable accumulators this season and you can see here for some details of how those could be used.
It’s been a positive two seasons that have seen Champions League football return to the club and, after the years when Spurs consistently finished fifth, that should appease much of their squad. However, in the words of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, it seems that it may not be enough and the next level is to bring home some silverware.
Tottenham may not need to sign anybody before this transfer window comes to an end and they may not lose any more of their prize assets. The loss of Danny Rose, like Kyle Walker, can be covered but can the same be said for Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld and, heaven forbid, Harry Kane?
Spurs fans have seen Luka Modric and Gareth Bale tempted by the money and glamour of La Liga and those moves to Real Madrid gave both men the capability to win trophies. If Tottenham can’t provide that, is there any reason to suggest that the procession won’t continue?
Alli has already been linked with Barcelona while Eriksen is on record stating that such a club would be hard to turn down. The switch to Wembley is a step into the unknown despite squad members playing down those poor European performances last season but Champions League qualification could be more crucial than ever if this young and talented Tottenham team is to stay together.
Moving forward, it seems as though some players will only be satisfied if a winner’s medal stands a chance of coming their way.