For the past four seasons, Tottenham Hotspur have been the punchline of the Premier League as they were involved in title challenges but predictably fell off.
They finished third in 2016, second in 2017, third in 2018 and fourth last season. In all these seasons they were in the mix as far as the title race was concerned but they lacked the stamina and the quality to go all the way but the same may not be said this season.
Last weekend, they played against Manchester City and came away with a draw with the help of VAR.
Despite City’s dominance, Tottenham was clinical in taking their chances and pegged the opposition back each time.
The result they got out of that game shows that they are good enough to compete with the best and cope under pressure even with key players Dele Alli and Son Heung-min not featuring.
Their ability to grind out a result at the Etihad despite the lack of sufficient firepower is admirable and credit should be given to Mauricio Pochetinno for his tactical proficiency.
Son will be serving the last of his three-match ban when Tottenham play their next game this weekend and Dele Alli, who suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason is expected to be in the squad when they host Newcastle at their new stadium.
New signing Tanguy Ndombele has been impressive so far in this season and we are yet to see Ryan Sessegnon and Giovanni Lo Celso. in action. The latter made his debut last time out but didn’t have enough minutes to express himself.
Tanguy Ndombélé vs Man City:
100% duel success
100% dribble success
100% tackle success
87% pass success
39 passes completed
10 duels won
5 tackles won
4 dribbles completed
1 assist pic.twitter.com/nQ5iLFIoA0
— Melvin (@MauricioMagic) August 17, 2019
The Christian Eriksen transfer saga is still ongoing with his future hanging in the balance. He voiced his desire to move elsewhere but a move is yet to be realized.
Even though he wants a move, he has not ruled out staying at the club and signing a new contract at the club.
All things considered, it really looks like a season that will see Spurs not only challenge but go the distance without falling off the pace in their quest to win their first piece of silverware in over 50 years.