After a mixed bag in their temporary home of Wembley Stadium last season, Tottenham will finally move into their new home for the upcoming campaign.
The logic is that increased attendances at the new stadium will eventually lead to an increased spending power and ability to compete with the top teams in the division.
Despite change associated with the new stadium, to many fans it may feel like little has changed after all.
Spurs will tackle the league with precisely zero new players after failing to make a signing throughout the transfer window.
Tottenham have actually made history, as the first Premier League side to make no signings in a summer window since it’s introduction back in 2003.
This is of course a summer in which title rivals Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have re-enforced their squads, and the lack of activity has doubtless caused anxiety amongst Spurs fans.
However despite the fears that they may be left behind, former England forward Peter Crouch has said that it shouldn’t all be doom and gloom in North London.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Crouch outlined his belief that the window was a positive one despite the lack of singings, and that the club would finish in the top four.
“Tottenham have used the 13 weeks since the final game of last season to tie Kane down to a long-term contract, the most lucrative in their history. I do not care what anyone says; they could not have made a better signing than that in the window” Crouch said.
Star forward Harry Kane has consistently performed over a number of years, and after a golden boot award in the summer World Cup the fear was that his days with Tottenham could be numbered.
“But it didn’t stop there” Crouch continued.
“Mauricio Pochettino, the manager who has been at the heart of Tottenham’s progress, has been rewarded with a bumper long-term deal, as have Son Heung-Min, Davinson Sanchez, Erik Lamela and Michel Vorm.
“Aside from that, moves have been made to get new deals for Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli, while Toby Alderweireld – for the moment, at least – and Moussa Dembele are still at White Hart Lane”
Crouch clearly values the stability of the club, and this will be the root of their success.
“Those are not the actions of a club that lacks ambition nor does it tell me they are doomed. As far as I can see, Tottenham are set up for another good season and just because they didn’t get caught up in the mayhem on the final day doesn’t spell trouble” he said.
“While it is strange to see them become the first club since 2003 not to make an incoming transfer, I still expect them to be in the top four next May. When they get back home to White Hart Lane, I can see them taking off again.
“If you are suddenly expecting Tottenham to collapse in a heap because they didn’t make a signing, you are going to be mistaken. There are ways to bolster a team and what they have done this summer is strengthen from within”.
Crouch’s words will be welcome for Spurs as they settle into their new home, in what promises to be another incredibly competitive race at the top of the Premier League.