With the start of a new premier league season upon us let’s take a look at what we’ve learned about Spurs over the course of pre-season.
This summer was about refinement not overhaul, as Pochettino looks to fine-tune his young squad to get them ready for another tilt at the title. Here’s five things we learnt about Tottenham this summer.
1: Vincent Janssen can take the load off Harry Kane.
One of our most glaring weaknesses last campaign was the shocking lack of cover for star-striker Harry Kane. The young Englishmen was forced to bear the brunt of the goal scoring load by himself.
It was imperative that we signed competition for Harry and thankfully the club moved early in the window to do so, picking up 27 goal AZ Alkmaar hitman Vincent Janssen for £17 million.
The 22-year-old Dutchman has hit the ground running over pre-season with goals against Rotherham and Inter Milan, whilst also showcasing during the latter game his ability to play with or independent of Kane.
Both golden boot winners in their respective countries last year, expect Janssen to bring an extra edge to the Tottenham front-line.
2: Midfield fragility is a thing of the past
One of the most shocking aspects of Tottenham’s season last time out was the total collapse after suspensions to Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli.
The former’s absence was particularly noticeable, as Spurs’ form plummeted without the big Belgian in midfield. This was another area that was addressed decisively in transfer market with the acquisition of Kenyan Powerhouse Victor Wanyama.
The ex-Saint settled into the Spurs midfield immediately with a commanding performance against Juventus.
Whilst it’s unclear if Wanyama will start when both Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele are available, the Kenyan will provide an added steal and depth that was missing from the previous campaign.
Add to this the impressive technical performances of Harry Winks during pre-season, and Tottenham’s midfield options seem much more rounded that the previous year.
3: Marcus Edwards is the future
Marcus Edwards’ name has been on the lips of many Spurs fans or some time now. The jewel in our academy, Edwards’ had been in protracted contract negotiations with the club for some time.
With that finally being resolved this summer, Mauricio Pochettino gave the world a glimpse of the young talent that has had so many Spurs fans excited.
At only 17-years-old and with a very diminutive frame, it still may be a short while before we see Edwards’ showcasing his talent in the Premier League, however some eye-catching touches and runs against some of Europe’s better clubs should warrant some first-team action for Marcus over the coming season.
4: Bentaleb doesn’t have a future at Spurs
After a start to his Tottenham career that promised so much, it seems as if Nabil Bentaleb has no way back into Maurcio Pochettino’s plans.
Left home from the trip to Australia with the likes of Alex Pritchard and Federico Fazio who both have moved on, it seems the Algerian internationals days at the lane are numbered.
After injuries and an unprofessional contract negotiation with the club, it seems as if Bentaleb’s precocious talent just isn’t worth the bother for Pochettino anymore. With other young players coming through and the arrival of Wanyama, a move for Bentaleb may be the best thing for his career.
A move to Italian giants Juventus has been rumoured as they look to fill a considerable Pogba-sized hole in their squad. One of the few disappointments of the Pochettino era, don’t be surprised to see Nabil leave the Lane before summer’s end.
5: Erik Lamela looks set to make this his year
After two below-par seasons for the enigmatic Lamela, our record-signing finally found himself in a Tottenham shirt in his third year with the club.
Relishing the high energy style of play Pochettino demanded, Lamela set the tempo of the aggressive press every game, harrying from the front with a determination we hadn’t yet seen before.
Add to this his much improved goal output which culminated in a double figure season and only second to Kane in our scorer charts, Lamela had finally turned his career around.
Carrying this into pre-season, Lamela has arguably been our best player over the summer. With goals against Juventus and Inter Milan, Lamela has been the aggressive and creative focal point of the good work we’ve been doing.
With his confidence at an all-time high, and with the full trust of his manager and his team-mates behind him, expect Lamela to fully unleash his talent and become a key man for the coming season.
Written by Josh Smith