It’s a sight that all Tottenham fans will know all too well. Whilst the side are well-placed to play European football once more, it looks like the 2019 season has yet to offer the Spurs faithful anything in the way of silverware. Some optimistic fans may think that the team have a chance in the Champions League, but with swift exits from the national cup competitions, and a lacklustre run of form in the Premier League, it looks like it’s another frustrating year for Tottenham Hotspur.
For a while, it looked like Tottenham were well-placed to pick up their first league title for many years. Whilst it would have taken a lot of luck to be able to jump ahead of Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League race, Spurs clearly had a strong squad and an excellent manager who could have helped them go all the way.
But with sporadic defeats against lowly ranked teams like Wolves and Watford, and a string of injuries to stars like Harry Kane, it looks like Tottenham will have to think hard about what they can do to make good their immense potential.
A lack of spirit?
There have been many times where Spurs just didn’t seem to the have the spirit necessary to get the results when it counts. Tottenham have repeatedly thrown away points throughout the season that have stopped them enjoying any kind of consistency. Whether it’s a lack of that killer touch, or just the fact that Tottenham’s players are extremely overworked is up for debate. But it’s become painfully evident that Spurs don’t make it easy for themselves.
Recently we have seen Spurs suffer an unexpectedly dire run of form. With successive defeats from the likes of Burnley and Chelsea, Tottenham have all but said goodbye to their chances of Premier League glory.
Whilst their lucky 1-1 tie with Arsenal may have helped them stop their bizarre run of 28 games without a draw, it will have given little comfort to Mauricio Pochettino’s side who will now have to work twice as hard to play European football next season.
So what’s behind this lacklustre run of form? It’s clear that Tottenham’s players are running the risk of being seriously overworked. There were real concerns about Harry Kane not getting enough time to recover from the 2018 World Cup campaign at the start of the season, and the star striker’s recent injuries bear testament to this fact. When you couple this with the fact that Dele Alli has also been suffering with a nasty hamstring injury, it’s clear that luck just hasn’t been on Tottenham’s side.
Thankfully, Son Heung-min has been Spurs saving grace this season, but even this South Korean star was absent for a number of games as a result of international duties. Thankfully, there are plenty of players like Christian Eriksen who can be relied upon to deliver some important goals when it counts. But above all, the overriding impression is that Tottenham just lack the strength in depth to be able to put in a decent title-winning challenge.
Lack of signings
It’s little secret that Mauricio Pochettino has been given next to nothing in the way of money for buying new players recently. Thanks to the spiralling costs of Tottenham’s new stadium, we have seen very few new players introduced to squad. The whole of the summer went without any signings, and another transfer window recently passed without Pochettino being allowed to get his chequebook out.
Thankfully, Pochettino has managed to work wonders to get the most out of a pretty threadbare team. But it’s up for debate as to how long things can continue without the manager being allowed to add to the Spurs ranks. With ongoing rumours that even Harry Kane is considering leaving the club in 2020 unless they get some silverware, it seems that time might be running out for cash-strapped Tottenham.
Ongoing stadium difficulties
The long-awaited new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has definitely cast its shadow over Spurs’ season. With costs spiralling from £400 million to around £875 million, there’s a good reason why Tottenham bosses are unwilling to allow Pochettino to buy any new players.
But it’s the delay of moving into the new ground that’s throwing Spurs off balance. With two test events to be carried out before they can open the new stadium, it’s hoped that Tottenham may be able to move into their new ground when they play their upcoming Champions League quarter finals match.
Once Spurs get settled into their new stadium, then they should hopefully feel a little more grounded when compared to their home games that they’ve been having to play in the cavernous Wembley Stadium. Although there is still plenty of dispute over what the new stadium will be called, with the ability to cram in 62,062 fans, it could mark the start of a new era for Tottenham.
A change in manager
There is little denying the fact that Mauricio Pochettino is an extremely capable manager, and the Tottenham faithful aren’t blaming him for the lack of silverware. However, Pochettino will be understandably frustrated by the side’s lack of success, and there is plenty of gossip that the Argentine manager could be tempted to leave the club to manage a side with money to burn.
Pochettino was quickly named the favourite to fill Jose Mourinho’s shoes after the manager was booted out of Manchester United. Whilst Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proven to be a good temporary replacement, there are still concerns that Pochettino could jump at the chance for a move to Old Trafford.
In addition to this, we have seen plenty of credible stories that hint that troubled big clubs like Real Madrid or even Chelsea could be in the mood for getting Pochettino to join their ranks. All of which shows that Tottenham’s upcoming quarter final match in the Champions League could be pivotal for the club’s fortunes in the future.