A great young manager, a number of world class players and the league’s best player - Tottenham Hotspur should easily make the top four but, as is always the case, find themselves yet again beaten to the position by their arch-rivals Arsenal.

Is it Spurs' mentality, to always crumble at the final hurdle?

Well, arguably yes because of their repetitive failure to make the much coveted money-maker that is Champions League football. 

Tottenham should be inspired by Bayern Munich’s Champions League success last season, where they dismissed their European ‘curse’ and didn’t lose their third consecutive final - they finally were rightfully crowned kings of Europe. 

Tottenham may be able to use this to make the top four and they may be able to finally achieve their top four ambitions. 

Over the transfer window already, they have landed the hugely impressive Paulinho, who was exceptional at the recent Confederations Cup. 

Their midfield now looks complete with, fellow Brazilian Sandro’s steel, Moussa Dembele’s box-to-box attributes and Paulinho’s disciplined role where he will supply both attack and cover for Spurs, they could finally find consistency to propel them into the top four.

They also have huge strength in depth with the young Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson. In reserve also are the experienced Scott Parker and Clint Dempsey ready to offer themselves to Andre Villas-Boas.

With Gareth Bale also looking likely to stay, they will keep the threat of the exceptional wingers they have. Even though Bale played a more central role, the flanks remain a strong point for Spurs, who have both the stupendously fast Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on either wing. 

The only problem seems to be a lack of a striker.

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are exceptional strikers, however they rarely find consistent form and both become a liability when in need of goals. If Tottenham could recruit a striker, like Christian Benteke or Leandro Damiao, they could really pose a threat to the Premier League and almost guarantee a top four finish.

It's now or never for Tottenham, with Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton all making transfer movements showing their intent to knock both north London clubs out of contention. 

This may be the final season where Tottenham can successfully assert needed dominance and stability in their quest for frequent Champions League football. 


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