Last season, Tottenham Hotspur over-achieved in every possible way. The fact that they finished second behind Chelsea works as a testament in itself. Their squad comprised of players that were either from the academy or shrewd signings that were sanctioned by Daniel Levy.
After the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City had strengthened their respective squads in the last window, Tottenham responded by making Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko their two big-name signings. It’s safe to say that the Frenchman was a disaster for the club while the Kenyan became an integral part of the team.
Oh, there was the indifferent Vincent Janssen too.
Right now, almost like déjà vu, Manchester United, Manchester City and even Arsenal have bolstered their squads in a bid to challenge for the title next season and Chelsea have also followed suit by completing the signing of the talented center-back, Antonio Rudiger.
However, Tottenham’s activity in the transfer market has been so quiet that it is actually bizarre. While Tottenham have a good squad, it is unlikely that they can repeat their heroics from last season against their rejuvenated rivals.
The concern runs a little deeper than just not signing any players. So far in this window, Tottenham haven’t been particularly linked with any world-class players. Only recently have links to Mateo Kovacic surfaced, but as talented as he might be, he is not world class just yet. And whether Real Madrid will actually sell him is an entirely different matter altogether.
And then there is Adrien Silva. The Portugal international is a very good midfielder who, when it comes to setting the tempo of the team, is a very decent player, but it is hard to make a case for him as a player of the elite level.
Meanwhile, there are reports that both Eric Dier and Kyle Walker could depart from the club with interest from Manchester United and Manchester City, respectively, looming over the two. In that case, Tottenham become very vulnerable and the lack of intent in buying players thus far makes the whole thing even more absurd.
Over the course of last season, Tottenham played some wonderful football and only lost out due to the fact that they didn’t have enough strength in depth and Chelsea, on the other hand, were able to focus solely on the Premier League.
Any other season, the Lilywhites would have won the league with the number of points, 86, that they achieved last season. However, they once again fell short, a repeat of the 2015-16 season. Last summer, they failed to adequately improve the quality of the team as Victor Wanyama was the only new signing that could benefit the team.
Vincent Janssen came in with a lot of expectations but failed to live up to them. And let’s just skip the part about Moussa Sissoko. The good news is that Eric Lamela will be back for the new season, but that still doesn’t fix the impending cracks in the squad.
Harry Kane still doesn’t have a suitable replacement, and there is still not enough cover in the middle of the park, especially in the creative sense. And Tottenham aren’t doing themselves any favours with their slow approach in the market.