This is going to be a very interesting season for Spurs I think. Much was made of the fact that Spurs spent all of the Gareth Bale money on lots of players who ultimately failed to carry the club forward in any way. As a result, Andre Villas-Boas lost his job and Tim Sherwood was brought in as caretaker manager.
Since then, Mauricio Pochettino was come in as the new first team manager, and Spurs fans will be hoping that he can have a similar impact at White Hart Lane to the one he made as Southampton manager.
Pochettino has already intimated that Spurs fans can expect to see attractive attacking football this season, and he has plenty of gifted players at his disposal to do just that.
So far, only three signings have been made by Pochettino, and two of those are peculiar ones. Eric Dier is an England u-21 international who has been signed from Sporting Lisbon. Not much will be known about him as he has spent his entire football career in Portugal.
However, great things are expected of him, and no doubt Pochettino will be hoping that Dier will be able to shore up what has been a bit of a leaky defence to say the least. That signing makes perfect sense.
The peculiar signings were those of Michel Vorm and Ben Davies from Swansea . Tottenham have got of the world’s best goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris, so the signing of Michel Vorm is a strange one.
Vorm has proven himself to be a top keeper and was in Holland ’s World Cup squad. I can’t imagine he’ll be too happy sitting on the bench for the whole season. Is Pochettino going to cash in on Lloris? That would be folly.
Full at the back
Spurs have got copious amounts of full-backs at the club. Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kyle Naughton and Juston Rose can all play left-back, so again I don’t understand the signing of Davies. Spurs needed centre-backs and strikers, not full-backs and reserve keepers.
Nonetheless, Pochettino has a good squad of players available to him, and if he can get them playing as a functional unit akin to what he managed at Southampton , they could be banging on the door of the Champions League once more.
However, there are too many better clubs at the moment, and I think 6th place this season will be the realistic target, no matter what Daniel Levy says or wants.