Will Spurs lose their bottle and become ‘Spursy’ once again this season?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
It’s time to travel back to London and preview another one of the ‘Top 6’ challengers in… Tottenham Hotspur.
MANAGER: Mauricio Pochettino
CAPTAIN: Hugo Lloris
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 16-1 (via Oddschecker)
New stadium. New signings. A new sense of hope. There’s plenty of cause for optimism in the white corner of north London.
Tottenham Hotspur threatened to make the title race a three-horse race in 2018-19 before their lack of squad depth caught up with them and saw them slip to fourth.
Their ambitious manager, Mauricio Pochettino, will want a real title challenge this season. The question is… can Spurs stay the course this time?
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 5th (Premier League)
2015-16 – 3rd (Premier League)
2016-17 – 2nd (Premier League)
2017-18 – 3rd (Premier League)
2018-19 – 4th (Premier League)
Premier League – 4th
Champions League – Runners-up
FA Cup – Fourth Round
Carabao Cup – Semi-Finals
Top Scorer – League: Harry Kane (17), All: Harry Kane (24)
Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon – £55m)
Jack Clarke (Leeds United – £10m)
Kieran Trippier (Atlético Madrid – £20m)
Vincent Janssen (Monterrey – £6.3m)
Jack Clarke (Leeds United – Loan)
Michel Vorm (Released)
Fernando Llorente (Released)
GK – Lloris, Gazzaniga
DF – Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sánchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies, Carter-Vickers
MD – Winks, Wanyama, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Onomah, Ndombele, Skipp
FW – Son, Kane, Lamela, Nkoudou, Moura
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – TANGUY NDOMBELE
Tanguy Ndombele has what it takes to be the signing of the 2019-20 Premier League season.
At just 22, and with Champions League experience to his name, Ndombele is one of the standout midfielders in European football already. Soon enough, he’ll be one of the best in the world.
Costing Spurs a club record fee of £55m to sign him from Lyon… if the Frenchman can fulfil his vast and obvious potential, Tottenham has a player on their hands worth double or even treble the value.
The heir to N’Golo Kanté for French football? Yes.
But he will surpass him, no question. He is that good.
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 164
Won – 54
Drawn – 40
Lost – 70
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
One of the biggest, without question.
Chelsea’s ‘stranglehold’ on this fixture has loosened recently, with more wins occurring for Tottenham. Most notably in April of last year when Spurs ended their 28-year hoodoo at Stamford Bridge.
Expect both clubs to take points off each other once again.
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
It almost feels like a guarantee that Tottenham will finish 3rd this season by default.
When it comes to the ‘Top 6’, Spurs could very well be in a league of their own. Liverpool and Manchester City are so clear of everyone else in the Premier League right now that it’s just a matter of who finishes first and second between those two.
Beyond them, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all faced turmoil over the summer, whether it be through a lack of spending, inability to spend or spending a lot without really fixing the issues.
That leaves Tottenham… in third.
Predicted position: 3rd
Come back for part 18 as we travel just outside of London and preview another club on the up in… Watford.
• Part 1 – Arsenal
• Part 2 – Aston Villa
• Part 3 – Bournemouth
• Part 4 – Brighton & Hove Albion
• Part 5 – Burnley
• Part 6 – Chelsea
• Part 7 – Crystal Palace
• Part 8 – Everton
• Part 9 – Leicester City
• Part 10 – Liverpool
• Part 11 – Manchester City
• Part 12 – Manchester United
• Part 13 – Newcastle United
• Part 14 – Norwich City
• Part 15 – Sheffield United
• Part 16 – Southampton