As another season draws ever closer, what can Spurs fans really expect from their team for the 2015/16 season? I’m fairly certain that if you ask any Spurs fan where they want to finish, they will all tell you the same thing, in the top 4. However, is this really a realistic target for Spurs anymore? When you take a real look at squad depth and how ours compares with the other teams challenging to be at the top of the league come next May, we fall quite short.
I personally think we have one of the best arrays of youngsters out of any team in the Premier League. The likes of Mason, Bentaleb and Kane all made major breakthroughs in the 2014/15 season, all becoming regular starters. This policy has only been strengthened through the signings of Alli, Wimmer and Yedlin and also Pritchard coming back from loan spells and looking to break through into the team. Also, tying down youngsters Harry Winks and Joshua Onomah to long term contracts is fantastic.
However, is all this youth really the answer for what the club wants and needs at this moment. In my opinion, bringing through the youth is very important but it won’t achieve the clubs top four ambitions. All teams who finished above us last year have incredible quality throughout their teams. The fact we had to rely on youngsters such as Mason and Kane to play week in week out last season shows how far off actually achieving top four we are. I think we need to spend a bit more money in the transfer market to try to challenge the bigger teams in the league. We haven’t made a really exciting deal that shows the clubs intent for a while. Obviously we know we made a right mess of it with the money we got for Gareth Bale, but I think it would be nice for Levy or Pochettino to go out and buy a world star and try to lure them to Spurs rather than let them go to a ‘bigger’ club. This would let not only the fans but the rest of the league know what Tottenham are trying to do.
I am a huge supporter of the young players we have, however I think we need to make bigger movements in the transfer market if we want to realistically challenge for a top four place. As the famous quote goes “You’re never going to win anything with kids”.
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