'Patience needed as Tottenham's project reaches turning point'


Tottenham sealed third place in the Premier League with an electrifying, often ridiculous 5-4 victory over Leicester City at Wembley.

Having secured Champions League football in midweek, the final day felt a little trivial. But the rivalry that has emerged since Leicester beat us to the title two years ago has added another factor to this fixture in recent meetings.

15th May 2018

As a result, the Foxes were determined to spoil our final day at the national stadium. Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kelechi Iheanacho fired the visitors into a 3-1 lead before the brilliance of Erik Lamela and Harry Kane ensured a thrilling comeback win for Spurs.

An unfamiliar back four prompted some chaotic defensive moments, but it hardly mattered in the end. 

Farewell, Wembley – all’s well that ends well.

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Has this season been a success?

Absolutely. To finish in the top three for a third successive season on an incredibly modest budget compared to our ‘top-six’ rivals is a huge achievement; to do so while playing at Wembley is even more impressive.

Of course, critics will point to our lack of silverware (again). But we’ve enjoyed some unforgettable moments and milestones. 

Beating Real Madrid, the comeback at Juventus, Christian Eriksen’s 10-second goal against Manchester United, Kane reaching 30 league goals for the first time – it’s been a memorable year.

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Are you happy with your manager?

Mauricio Pochettino is the best manager we’ve had in my time supporting Tottenham, so yes.

There are certain aspects of the Argentine’s approach that certainly need work – his in-game management and use of substitutions being chief among them – but the club wouldn’t be where it is without him.

What’s more, those who believe Spurs could attract a better manager are entirely kidding themselves.

The current project is clearly ahead of schedule, and Pochettino will be expecting increased funds in order to put up a better challenge for trophies next term. Hopefully, Daniel Levy is on the same page.

What should be the club’s priority in the transfer market this summer?

Toby Alderweireld’s exit appears to be inevitable, so a replacement for him will be very near the top of the list. 

Almost as urgently, Tottenham should be looking at central midfielders whether or not Mousa Dembele departs. The Belgian will only regress from here, and Victor Wanyama has been below par this season.

I have a feeling Pochettino will also be a targeting another attacker, somebody who can add that extra bit of star quality and unpredictability in the final third. 

Wilfried Zaha would be ideal, but he’ll be expensive.

What do you want to aim for next season?

A trophy would be the obvious answer. Top clubs (and top managers) win silverware, and that’s where Spurs (and Pochettino) want to be.

But – and this is contentious – Champions League qualification will be the aim again. I’m undecided as to whether that’s my priority, but it will be the club’s.

It’s got to the stage where the likes of Eriksen, Kane and Dele Alli won’t settle for anything less than Europe’s elite competition. Miss out on the top four and we will almost certainly lose some of our best players. 

Tottenham are approaching a paradoxical moment. The fans want progress, but stability is just as important. 

The new stadium will bring a bit of both but the progress will be of the slow variety. Patience is very much required.

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