Opinion: My 2019/20 Premier League Winners – Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Before you say…delusional, consider some facts. Disagree with me, but read my thoughts first. Tell me where I’m wrong. I too think I’m mad, but I keep coming back to the same conclusion.

Last season was really odd. At the turn of the new year, we were 2nd behind Liverpool and ahead of City. It was a genuine 3 horse race. It was our best ever start to a season in the EPL, best start since 1961. 

A squad that had no fresh faces, had 11 players with no pre-season and at best played mediocre second gear tempo.

It was a season that saw Harry Kane change his game. 

It was a season that saw us reach the Champions League final against all odds.

So, what happened after Xmas that saw us fade away so badly? Fatigue, an injury list that was not kind played a part, as did the loss of Moussa Dembele.

Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a mistake letting him leave. He no longer had the legs for the EPL, but it was a devastating loss. The mistake came in not finding a new Dembele. 

It also was no coincidence that virtually all our World Cup finalists and playoff players picked up injuries mid to late season. 

It was a Spurs team that was functioning well below its ability. All season. Yet it finished 4th. Just.

So, what changes Spurs into real contenders this season? That’s the rub….it’s so simple that I keep questioning myself. Can it really be so easy?

We have replaced Dembele with arguably the most coveted midfield powerhouse in Europe in Ndombele. 

We have actually had a proper pre-season. 

We have not lost any vital players (Trippier was damn awful last year). 

We have added two additional superb players in Sessegnon and Lo Celso. 

For me, this new season in our new stadium could be very special. It may just be the season it clicks into place. If it does, and this squad is more than able, then Spurs are serious challengers.

Make no mistake, the myth that is City and Liverpool are miles ahead was more to do with Spurs falling well short last season. Not this season though. Be warned!!

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  1. I’ve considered all of your facts and delusional remains the only word I can use. Your facts don’t mention Eriksen’s imminent departure. Toby is likely to go too – he’s worth more to us than any transfer fee we may receive for him this month, but Enic and Levy don’t think like that (proof was taking the cash in January for Dembele when he still had a vital role to play in the second half of last season, no matter how tired his legs were). Both full-back positions are problematic – Aurier is a liability and wants to leave anyway, KWP is ok at best, Rose (if he stays) still hasn’t learnt how to cross a ball, and Davies is steady and no more. We lack creativity, have no real back-up for Kane though Son does a decent enough job, and Dele Alli has regressed so much he wasn’t worth his place in the team for much of last season. The right level of investment and strengthening over the past three years would have put us in a real position to challenge. Sadly I’m sure that isn’t the case now.


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