In 2012, Tottenham Hotspur finished in one of the most valued places in the Premier League: fourth.
Harry Redknapp had done the best he possibly could with the players he had. However, the following season, due to Chelsea winning the Champions League, Spurs would miss out on a place in the Champions League the following season.
Tottenham felt they needed to change. This saw chairman Daniel Levy relieve Redknapp of his duties and appoint former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.
The wrong decision?
It is quite easy to point out that from this point, Tottenham have never been the same. In the summer Redknapp left, so did key players such as Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Ledley King.
These were three players who were regulars in the starting eleven, but more importantly influential players in big games. These players have never truly been replaced.
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What must Spurs do to get back to challenging for the Champions League places?
The new manager
Well, Tim Sherwood and AVB didn’t seem to have the answers. However, Mauricio Pochetinno looks as though he may. That’s if Levy gives him enough time.
Pochetinno’s style of play is impressive, and when performed properly can produce results. It seems to be a slow transition, with him getting a feel as to which players are best suited for this style of play.
Pochetinno has been left with a large squad, which seems not to have the ability to challenge for the top four spots. However, in the squad there are a few players who are emerging and showing real signs of quality.
One of the players who has emerged under Pochetinno is youngster Harry Kane. He has stepped up and chipped in with goals when both Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor have failed to.
Kane, a boyhood Spurs fan, has brought into the new style of play and seemingly works hard both in attack and defensively.
Another bright spark has been, Christian Eriksen. Since his move at the start of last season, Eriksen has grown from game to game.
Keep the faith
Eriksen has not really yet found his strongest position under the new manager but when he does, he will be one of the league’s best. The answer for Tottenham is to trust Pochetinno. Levy must not make any hasty decisions and give the new man time.
It just looks as though the project will take some time and requires new players, such as Jay Rodriguez. As well as getting players who just don’t seem to suit the system.
Currently, the only plus for Tottenham fans is that they seem on the right path, but how long it will take to get there is not yet known.