Are Tottenham falling back from the top 4 this summer?

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been busy in the transfer market this summer – but aside from appointing a new manager, Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make a new signing so far this summer.

Tottenham finished ten points behind Arsenal and the final place in the UEFA Champions League last season. Europe League is on the cards for Spurs after finishing sixth, three points behind Everton.

Mauricio Pochettino inherits a good squad of players which included £100 million being spent on them last summer. They are outsiders for a top four finish this season, with Betfair pricing them at 4.9.

No doubt the former Southampton manager will want to bring in a couple of his own players – notable links this past week have been Dejan Lovren whom he brought to St Mary’s last summer, and Ben Davies from Swansea City.

Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract at White Hart Lane which means Tottenham have one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League. The defence needs significant improvement after shipping 51 goals last season – more than any other team in the top eight.

There are plenty of defensive midfielders to help Pochettino protect his defence – Sandro, Mousa Dembélé, Paulinho, Lewis Holtby, Étienne Capoue and Nabil Bentaleb have all played here.

Creativity comes from Christian Eriksen who had an excellent debut season in the Premier League. There is pace down the wings with Aaron Lennon and Andros Townsend. They also have Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela who cost the club a fair amount last summer.

Up front, Pochettino will need to get the best out of either Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor if he does not bring in another striker this summer. The Spaniard had a dismal first year in England and doesn’t look the part when playing up front on his own. Adebayor, as we all know, is inconsistent.

Arsenal have upgraded their squad with the signings of Alexis Sánchez and Mathieu Debuchy as the Gunners continue to be linked to other star players too. Chelsea have brought in Cesc Fàbregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luís from the top two sides in Spain last season. Manchester City have signed Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Willy Caballero. Manchester United have brought in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, as well as being linked to other star players.

When will Tottenham dip into the transfer market for the first time this summer and will they be able to compete with the top four in 2014-15?


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  1. Until Spurs actually stick with a manager for a decent period of time then they have no chance. They will also always have trouble attracting big players, not being a big club

    • 1) Harry Redknapp was given almost four complete seasons. There are not that many clubs at the top end of the EPL who give managers four years. Not one of Liverpool's last three managers has lasted that long, yet. Chelsea are serial offenders – if Maureen gets more than four years this time it just highlights how stupid Abrahmovich was that they got their Fergie and he got rid out of petulance.

      2) The 'trouble' is focusing on attracting big players, for big fees (obviously) is what gets clubs like ours in 'trouble'. That is why Levy has gone to so much time, effort and money in revamping the youth set-up, attracting top youth personnel and investing in infrastructure. It's a pity so many Spurs fans would rather moan than spend some time investigating this.

  2. What a pointless article, regurging what everyone already knows. Where the analysis? You didn't even answer your own question shmuck!

      • We made a profit, to be correct.

        There is a big hike in TV money, transfer funds are a percentage of revenues and we have already made a profit this summer just by selling Livermore. But we also need some continuity, not too much disruption and to get the best out of last summer's signings and the youth set-up. Not to mention that we have already acquired the hugely rated Musa Yahaya. We need to spend carefully not with profligacy just for the sake of showing how much we've spent.

  3. ignore Spurs at your peril. you guys brought in alot of new players who struggled last season but I as a Gunner believe they are ready to fight

  4. Spurs are definately falling behind! They need to spend loads of money and buy some ‘star’ players because that works really well as they proved last season.

  5. Levy pulling the wool over supporters eyes again. This club hasn’t spent any actual money on any players for about the last four seasons! All they have done is spent what they have recouped from selling players. So that begs the question.. The money the club earns from sponsors, tv rights, tickets etc etc where is this all going?
    Spurs need a left back, a striker, a creative left winger and 2 centre backs in order to just compete with the top 4. I just can’t see us going any further forward with Levy in charge. Don’t get me wrong, Levys done a lot of good for the club but in order to take the next step it needs him to change his ways. We have been stuck at the same ‘almost there’ level for years but other clubs are now pulling away.

    • I believe Spurs are saving money to fund the new stadium or at least that’s what I hope. Otherwise Spurs have spent 80m less than Arsenal, and 300m less than Chelsea and Man City in the last 4 seasons. All the other Premiership clubs apart from Everton have a much bigger net spend than Spurs.

      Back to the original question Spurs will be in transition until the new stadium is ready and when they can get their matchday revenue closer to Arsenal. They should not expect anything more than top 6.

  6. Jay. You are spot on mate,nat last someone who sees what's going on at Spurs….. Everyone has to realise we will NEVER be a big club anymore until Levy leaves. The man is just interested in money and nothing else….

  7. Last season was the season from hell for spurs and their fans yet they still finished 6th, a very enviable position for most clubs in the prem but not good enough for Tottenham!.


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