Tim Sherwood yesterday threatened that every player is playing for their future at the club; it’s questionable however how many players still see their future at Tottenham after the turbulent season of 13/14.
This season has seen eight new players grace White Hart Lane, all with ambitions of Champions League football and perhaps even a title challenge. No one could have predicted the way the Premier League has turned out this season, the demise of Manchester United and title race have made this season one of the most unpredictable yet – it was hoped however, that Spurs would fare better in the midst of it all.
This season has been a true rollercoaster for many Spurs fans. Although unlike some pundits suggest Tottenham haven’t been terrible, we seem to have lost some of the characteristic Spurs flair, that exciting attacking football that made Tottenham a stimulating and attractive team to watch; a real force to be reckoned with. We have picked up a respectable number of points this season but the huge landslide losses have cost us a possible top four finish and left the Spurs team looking demoralised and Tim Sherwood at a loss.
This season has seen many changes to the Spurs dynamic which was always going to make this season a struggle. Bale and AVB’s exits have hit the team hard – the squad has had to be restructured, the coaching staff dynamics have changed and it’s fair to say Tim Sherwood is the polar opposite to Andre Villas Boas which will take getting used to. The fear however for many Spurs fans, is that this is another season without Champions League. With Bale having bowed out last season it’s a worry that next season other players could follow suit. Key players like Vertonghen, Lloris and Walker all want Champions League football; and if Tottenham can’t provide it there are many clubs that are willing to. The worry for many fans is that Spurs have a reputation as a selling club already, which intensify the likelihood of the players’ departures.
With another year of Europa League looming, it is in the back of many Spurs’ fans mind the future of Tottenham Hotspur in future seasons. We will be unlikely to be able to attract the top players; there already are rumours of players wishing to depart at the end of the season; and with a huge transfer budget spent this season where can Spurs go from here? Without a world-renowned manager at the helm there are very few redeeming features at Tottenham.
Although there are certain players playing for their future at the club, it’s fearful that there’s many who are simply playing for their future hopes of Champions League football – which is unfortunately very unlikely to be with Spurs next season.
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