Tottenham Hotspur are a team building to try and challenge for the Premier League title. It won’t come this season and many people are wondering if they will even challenge the top four, such is the intensity of the competition this season.
What are the realistic ambitions at White Hart Lane? Silverware is a possibility, whether it be domestic or European.
‘Spurs are a cup team’ is something that their fans have heard quite a lot of in their past but it seems as if it will stay that way for some years yet.
Selling Gareth Bale when he was in top form was inevitable and doesn’t seem to have fazed them as they have found a replacement in Andros Townsend. Bale was a big part of the team, but they got a massive - some say over-priced - deal for the Welsh star.
They could have spent the money they got from the world-record transfer a little more wisely and gone for proven Premier League talent rather than potentially risky investments abroad.
With a foreign manager in Andre Villas-Boas, though, he would always be looking for the best talent from abroad. They have got a classy striker in Roberto Soldado who certainly knows where the net is and he finds it on a regular basis.
Villas-Boas' other investments are quality from what we have seen from them but they won’t push Tottenham to the top of the tree.
Their squad is strong enough to beat anyone on their day. A cup run may be more suited to them as it is a series of one-off matches all the way through to the final. I would say that there is a real possibility of them winning the FA or Capital One Cup.
Abroad they also look strong. Top of their Europa League Group with a 100% record, you have to think that Spurs will go very far in the tournament. When they reach the knockout stages, no team will want to face them.
Many managers have seen the competition as a hindrance but it may be a chance of a major trophy for Tottenham. They have shown great form in the Europa League and Jermain Defoe is on fire with four goals so far.
Unfortunately though, it doesn’t look like the English Premier League will be within Spurs’ grasp come May. The top four is a distinct possibility and Villas-Boas will be quietly confident that his players can get into the Champions League next season.
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