As a disappointing season draws to a close, a season that has seen the club finish in place of the Europa Conference League and lose the Carabao Cup final, all we can do now is take the lead. some good points and move on.
Despite the bad year, there are some, believe it or not. If the right decisions are made this summer, Tottenham Hotspur has a real chance of returning to the top four in the next campaign.
Harry Kane, Gareth Bale, Heung-Min Son, the first three Spurs fans dreamed of, was, despite not having frequent chances together under Jose Mourinho, a powerful force, scoring 51 league goals between them, was more than any other trio in the league. (BBC Sport).
Bale who scored the least of three, 11 in the league, was significantly better than the credit he received, defying the spun story that he had finished, averaging one Premier League goal every 84 minutes (BBC Sport). The trio works.
Only two of the six teams that finished above Spurs, West Ham and Leicester, have conceded more league goals this season (BBC Sport). This is where the main problem lies.
If we can keep Kane and bring Bale back, improving defense has to be a priority.
At least one center-back needs to be recruited, Toby Alderweireld aging, Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier having moments of defensive responsibility and Joe Rodon has yet to retain a starting spot in the squad.
A first choice, a proven center-back, would go a long way in sending Spurs back into the top four. Look at what Virgil Van Dijk has done for Liverpool and how they have been affected without him this season.
The new full-backs are also expected to feature high on Spurs’ transfer target list; Serge Aurier has always been defensively vulnerable, Matt Doherty having a disappointing first season and Japhet Tanganga’s inexperience (and coming from a serious injury) meaning the right side could make an improvement.
The left less, but with Sergio Reguillon not playing up to the standards he set earlier in the season in recent matches, a left-back could be considered by Daniel Levy. Although Ryan Sessegnon is also coming back from a successful loan spell.
Having finished just five points from the top four and lost so many points after winning positions this season, we could have easily closed that gap if we had been even slightly better defensively.
For example, if we had managed to keep the lead in our penultimate match against 11e Aston Villa position, and got to see that painful 3-3 draw with West Ham, having been three points with less than 10 minutes to go we would be heading into the first European competition, rather than its third tier. a.
Therefore. Imagine that. We’re keeping the current squad (maybe a few of the smaller players going), and only bringing in a few top-quality defenders, I’ll let you decide who.
We concede maybe 5 to 10 goals less. Now we’re back in the top four. If you’re brave enough you could go so far as to maybe even dream of an attacking midfielder coming in, now we look like a top team again.
Yes, it has been a disappointing season, but as little as 6 more points could have improved it considerably. Don’t be too desperate. Just a few of the good players (I know, easier said than done), and we could be turned into contenders again.
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