Last term surprisingly, the White Hart Lane outfit fell flat behind in the title race with less than 4 games to go. Failure to pick up more than 2 points in their fixtures against West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton and already relegated Newcastle saw them finish in 3rd place disappointingly, and they will definitely be hoping for the best this new season with another title shot set to be launched. Already one of the youngest sides in Europe, Janssen’s and Wanyama’s additions last month saw the North London side continued their youth philosophy under Pochettino. Additionally, the squad remains one of the best in England, with Dele Alli making the PFA Team of the year ahead of Ozil while Harry Kane emerged the league’s highest goalscorer with 25 goals. After very little activity in the transfer market so far, with the club rather focusing on keeping the core of their squad and handing new and improved contracts to their important and key players, here is how Tottenham could lineup in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation for the majority of next season.
After narrowly missing the golden glove to Petr Cech last season, the side’s skipper will be looking at keeping more clean sheets next term. A great outing for France at the Euros mean he won’t be returning rusty when he gets in between the sticks as the new campaign resumes in some 14 days time. It’s definitely another challenge for the shot stopper as he will be counted upon to bring his reflexes and saves to the fore as they attempt to win the league in another trial.
The English and Belgian duos making up the full back and central defence rearguard helped keep it tight as the team conceded just 35 goals in 38 league games last season. The 4 featured for their respective counties at the Euros, before Vertonghen picked up a knock after the group stages. He will soon be fit to return to action and link up with Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs defence when play resumes. The ability of the two to also constitute attacking threats, alongside Rose and Walker on the left and right backs respectively makes them easily counted upon to produce goals and assists once in a while.
The 2-man defensive midfield pair will definitely be hard to break down. Wanyama is already known for his no-nonsense tackles while at Southampton, and as he covers the back four, Eric Dier will act as the anchor that links the defense and attack. The England international was a revelation last season and promptly earned a starting spot in the Three Lions squad as a result.
The attacking midfield trio were at their best last season, unleashing terror on opposition defences and always squaring up with Kane upfront to get the goals. Eriksen has proven to be a set piece specialist, scoring a couple of freekicks and choosing to hit the goal post with many others at will. Teenage sensation, Alli provided Kane with many assists and also scored some unbelievable screamers. He will no doubt want to improve on his weakness; majorly defensively and should have a great campaign overall. Eric Lamela has earned a starting berth for himself last season after series of wonderful performances and the Argentine sure has a lot in stock to offer next season.
After hitting the 20-goal mark for 2 straight seasons, the 23-year-old has started to prove himself as a top striker, and we should see more of his goals next term. However, the arrival of Vincent Janssen, who scored 27 top flight goals in the Eredivisie last season will provide stiff and quality competition for Kane, and it’ll be interesting to see how that makes the duo better at poaching goals when action resumes.