Many pundits have spoken about Tottenham being at a crossroads in 2018. They were an exciting team and the feeling has always been that they were just a few players away from major glory.
However, letting that summer of 2018 window pass without making a signing meant that the team were left to stagnate and stand still, rather than pushing forward.
There are obvious parallels to Liverpool, who found themselves in a similar situation after their Champions League final loss. However, unlike Spurs, the Reds spent big on signing the players they needed to take them to the next level – Van Dijk and Alisson.
This summer looks like even more of a crossroads for Spurs as they look to reassert their position amongst the top clubs in the country. Both Manchester clubs and Chelsea are looking as if they will spend big to catch Liverpool and there is a growing worry amongst some fans that Tottenham will be left behind.
The other worrying parallel that could be drawn is between Tottenham and their North London rivals. Arsenal competed in the Champions League for over twenty years in a row and, like Spurs, reached the final in the same season they moved into their new stadium.
Since then, their team has slowly declined and they eventually dropped out of the competition altogether in 2017. They have now been out of the Champions League for three consecutive years and their league position has declined with each passing year.
Arsenal are the perfect example of where Spurs could be headed if they don’t invest smartly, leaving the squad to stagnate even further.
Tottenham have the foundations of a great team but this will be quickly picked apart if the players sense the club is not moving in the right direction.
The likes of Harry Kane, Giovani Lo Celso, Japhet Tanganga, Heung-min Son, and co must form a new Tottenham spine to build around and invest in.
It is clearly not going to be an easy transfer window for the club due to the COVID-19 pandemic but, as they face another crossroads in their recent history, they will need to decide which footsteps they want to follow, Liverpool or Arsenal.
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