I don’t need to think far back to recall how we threw away points in the first few games – points that always come back to haunt us.
The manager is being backed – the starting line-up looks like it’s going to be 4-3-3 and off the back of our greatest points haul in the Premier League I have some serious expectations. Let’s be honest – that’s what us Spurs fans are known for – good or bad.
So – for the record – here’s how I think it’s going to play out:
Bale: He’s going to stay. I can’t ignore his superstardom, nor Real’s insistence to unsettle him. But I think he’ll stay for one more season. Young family. Big move. Doesn’t have to be this season. And the team is shaping up to be something special. He’s got to be curious what of what we could achieve – add to that the sponsorship money he’s going to get and for me it’s a safe bet. I won’t be sweating until the close of the window.
Strikers: Soldado in, Adebayor out. I’ll admit I haven’t seen all that much of Soldado, but of what I have seen I like. To me it’s a lot about attitude – you need look no further than Adebayor last season or Defoe coming off the bench annoyed he wasn’t a starter to prove a point. We’ll get one more in – will it be Damiao or Remy – I think it’ll be one of the two. One is a striker who may not be content to sit the bench – the other a player who can play a few positions. It’ll depend on the deal but there will be movement.
BAE: I think he’s a good option for the season but I fear AVB will want to upgrade. I think he wants to really hit the ground running. The only thing that means he won’t change this position is…
Centre backs: I would love to see Kaboul and Vertonghen form a rock in defence – their attributes combined in a pairing are that numerous. But one may be injured and the other is coming back from injury. Dawson loves the cause but isn’t the man for me. So if we need to add here we will – at the expense of a new left back.
Total surprise midfield signing: I know what you’re thinking we’re overloaded here – I’ll get to that in a minute. I still think we need a creative talent. I would love Bernard (maybe more so because then Arsenal won’t have him) but don’t see us splashing that cash. I think we’ll get someone else young but with excellent potential – a Levy signing with a Baldini influence.
Outs: We have had few. Gallas, Bentley, Bostock – that’s fine but what about Huddlestone, Livermore, Rose, Caulker? Surely something has to give way? I think Levy will be asking for a lot of cash – I think it’ll happen close to the end of the window when we need to trim the wage bill.
Conclusion: I think we’ll be in the mix for 3rd. I’d like more but I honestly think apart from the Mourinho Chelsea machine nothing is a given this season. I want us to finish two places above Arsenal. I’d love a cup but I want us to play amazing football – and I think we will. It’s all about heart. And intent.
So how accurate do you think my predictions are? Am I too ambitious? Too cautious? I look forward to hearing your thoughts below.
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