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Turning Spurs into Title Challengers


For over 3 seasons now, Spurs have easily been the most consistent side in the Premier League across the board. Whether it be Kane scoring goals, Eriksen setting them up, Alderweireld-Vertonghen being a very able Centre-Half pairing or Pochettino securing some very bright talent.

But for some reason, they’ve always fallen short. We look at what Pochettino could do to get Spurs to be the closest contenders to Man City or maybe even pip them for the title.

The Tottenham full-strength starting XI is filled with stars: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen Alli Son; Kane.

World beaters on their day, so where do they need to improve?

In midfield:

Moussa Dembele has been very tidy and rampant on occasion for Spurs but has not translated that into consistent numbers in the form of goals and assists at his club. With rumours of a move to Inter Milan doing the rounds, one would wonder if this is the time for Pochettino to make a stellar midfield signing. Spurs have acquired a decent amount of funds in the transfer window and it can be utilized better to get an upgrade on Moussa Sissoko. The candidates for the job have included Tanguy Ndombele but certainly, a more marquee signing should be on the cards. We profiled Ndombele last season.


Profiling Tanguy Ndombele

Profiling Tanguy Ndombele


Allan from Napoli would appear to fit the bill, but with Jorginho already making way maybe it would be best to direct the attention to a certain Croat interested in more playing time in Mateo Kovacic. Kovacic is an extremely talented carrier of the football and has the ability to pick a pass and has been touted as an heir to Modric for quite a while at club and national level.

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With the young man begging for more first-team opportunities, should spurs pounce on his signature?

In attack:

Barring Dele Alli, Spurs do not have a player to play off Harry Kane, with Son and Eriksen flanking him on either side. The likes of Lamela and Lucas both offer width but Spurs are in need of someone who can play the #10 role. Interest in Jack Grealish has been high at the club, and it would appear like he could be a smart signing. If the Grealish move fails, however, Houssem Aouar from Lyon or even someone of the pedigree of Emil Forsberg could be interesting and influential additions.

Interest in Forsberg has been very high as top European clubs have been monitoring his performances with Leipzig for over two years now.
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Grealish has begun pre-season with Villa but his exit could be imminent.

A second striker to Harry Kane would appear to be Son Heung Min and Fernando Llorente would also pose a decent threat as a plan B with his aerial ability.

In goal:

Spurs could also look at acquiring a younger backup keeper than Michel Vorm, someone that can learn from Hugo Lloris and is comfortable enough playing second fiddle.

Handling departures:

If Alderweireld leaves in this window, potentially to Manchester United then Spurs should move their attention to a more experienced Centre-Half than de Ligt because at this point in time, Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez are nowhere near close enough to experienced

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Spurs could also look at utility players like Diego Laxalt if Danny Rose is to leave the club. Laxalt impressed at the World Cup and can play a variety of positions of the left flank.

Essential ins: Jack Grealish, Mateo Kovacic.

Probable outs: Vincent Janssen.

Tactically, Spurs don’t do much wrong. Perhaps bulking up midfield by resting Son for Wanyama or Winks and trying to win the battle there could be an interesting ploy in the big games. A lack of width when Eriksen is tucked in for Spurs as well could be a problem with them becoming awfully narrow and predictable. Pochettino has had enough time to work with this set of players, and one would have to believe that this is the season that he will have to deliver some sort of silverware because the excuses are running out.

Whether they’ll be close to challenging or they will fade away like they have in the past, time will tell.


To read more articles written by Anirudh, click here

Featured Image via Four Four Two

Kovacic Image via City Watch

Forsberg Image via Daily Star

Grealish Image via Metro

Laxalt Image via International House Uruguay – Blogger


 

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Anirudh Shenoy
Meet Anirudh or 'Shenoy' as he's called by most of his mates, 19 and an absolutely clueless engineer. But there is one thing he's sure about and that's his love for sport and food,sleep and hours of Fifa ofcourse. Whether it be getting up at 3 in the morning to see his team, Manchester United play an American side in a friendly, to watching an El Classico, if there's football on, you can be rest assured he's following it. Growing up, he idolised Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson. A couple of years and several failed positions later on the pitch, he realised playing the game was not quite for him. However he has always had a knack for analysis and the ablity to put that into words. Whether it be spotting a weakness in a players game or thoughts on how to close out a player, he's always got an idea. Also, if there's an FPL league related to football, you can be assured this sarcastic teenager is already playing it and has drafted 25 different combinations. He avidly follows the Premier League and catches the occasional La Liga and Bundesliga game as well. He's a Manchester United and England fan(don't giggle), in every bit of his veins. Over the last couple of months he has begun watching alot of the national team as well. So, if you're ever interested in finding out if Moussa Dembele makes more tackles than Francis Coquelin or if Gareth Bale would fit in better at Chelsea or Man Utd, you can be rest assured that this stats-man is a couple of clicks away and already covering it.\u00a0

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