What will happen to Tottenham this summer?
It was another season of ‘if only’ for Tottenham, as they finished second behind eventual Premier League champions Chelsea. Whilst you can’t take anything anyway from Antonio Conte’s side, the men from north London arguably played the best football over the course of the year.
Playing great football doesn’t always win you titles, however, and Spurs will need to find a way to keep pushing on next year. Many bookies are once again writing them off – instead predicting that Manchester City will lift the trophy next season. The Premier League isn’t an easy league to predict however, so if you do fancy a punt, make sure you’re aware of the matchedbets.com method – the only way to guarantee succesfuful gambling.
How Spurs fare next year depends a lot on how the summer transfer window plays out. It already looks like one first-teamer will be leaving in Kyle Walker. The Yorkshire lad is looking to move north – and earn a rather large salary – by joining City.
Of all the first team players to possibly move, Walker is perhaps the least worrying for Spurs fans – especially as the Sky Blues are likely to have to fork out close to £40m. The Lilywhites have a ready-made replacement in Kieran Tripper. Whilst he may not be as athletic as Walker, his passing and crossing ability is superior – which could result in him creating more assists for the team than the current right-back.
It’s unlikely that any other Spurs starters will leave. Almost all of them are tied down to long-term contracts, and there’s a real sense of togetherness in the squad – a sense that they’re on the verge of lifting a trophy. The likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen – they’ll almost all guaranteed to be at the club next season.
There could be some outgoings. Rumours have it that last year’s summer flop Moussa Sissoko will be heading to France. That certainly wouldn’t be the end of the world for Spurs fans – recently talked up as the club’s worst ever signing.
A more surprising outgoing, meanwhile, could be Erik Lamela. The ex-Roma player was injured for a large part of the season, and has been linked with a return to Italy. He may find it hard to get back into the starting XI on return from injury, especially given the rise of Heung-min Son. Nevertheless, a January transfer could be more likely, once Lamela realises he needs to be playing regular first-team football.
The Argentinian coach is therefore unlikely to spend much money this summer – or let many players leave. He possesses impressive strength in depth, with youngsters Harry Winks and Josh Onomah already proving to have Premier League calibre. Whilst links will remain throughout the window – after all, Spurs are now one of the league’s most attractive clubs – a high-profile transfer is unlikely, simply because it isn’t really needed.