Tottenham Hotspur are currently embarking on an important transition period in North London under experienced head coach, Jose Mourinho.
Daniel Levy and the Spurs board took the difficult decision to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino late last year, despite the Argentine having led the side for over five years.
Pochettino had managed to develop a young side in North London, transforming them from Europa League qualifiers to Champions League contenders.
Unfortunately, a lack of trophies and some awful 2019 form saw the beloved manager leave the club with unfinished business.
Serial winner, Mourinho, was then hired under 24 hours later and has been looking to rebuild the squad during his time in charge.
So far, Spurs have signed Steven Bergwijn, Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan, and Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal. They have also sold Christian Eriksen and loaned out Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Toby Alderweireld believes that next season will bring with it a positive change (Daily Mail).
On the rebuild under Pochettino, Toby said: “Maybe we didn’t realise it at the time.
“Things like that are difficult to get out of your system. You say to yourself you will go again but under your skin, it’s like: “Arrrghh..”.
“It takes time to recover.
“I don’t mean to use a strange example but if you split with your girlfriend it takes time. You get good moments and bad but it takes time.
“He [Pochettino] worked us so hard, the hardest of everyone. Everyone made that next step towards professionalism under him. He made a young team take big steps.
“So in that moment when you suddenly realise it’s not working any more, it is very difficult to accept that. Very difficult, yeah.
“We were in that story with him. I will never say a bad word about him.
“I think next season, with a good pre-season, we are going to see the real Tottenham,’ he said.
“The fans should be optimistic. It is actually positive that we are fighting for top four and we are all disappointed by it. That’s very positive as it shows our standards.
“We are trying to find our way back to get good form. It’s only human you know.
“But if you see our fighting spirit you will know we will get it back.”
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