Spurs’ indifferent few months over the summer have cast a doubt over their Premier League hopes for the up-and-coming season.
Often the laughing stock as the ‘nearly’ club, *that* team that just puts on the ‘pressure’ with little silverware to show for.
Spurs’ problems last season at Wembley in the Champions League have raised further question marks over not just their title ambitions, but whether the north London side will get in the top four; with Tottenham winning 17 out of 19 games at White Hart Lane, fears over repeating such a good home record are easy to see.
Spurs are a good side no doubt but playing at Wembley this season will affect them badly. They’ll surely put the pressure on pic.twitter.com/xf21Xzyd6T
— Olisa Covfefe 🐦 (@oliskyz) 7 August 2017
Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s lack of activity in the transfer window, with no new faces coming into the side, they have still kept hold of all their key players. The loss of Kyle Walker can be seen as shrewd business from Daniel Levy with the hefty price tag of £50 million, and with the Englishman seemingly regularly losing out on a starting spot to Kieran Trippier towards the back end of last season.
Keeping hold of the marquee players is what’s the key part, though. Spurs’ ability to not just act as a feeder club like they have often done so over the years by selling the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale proves they have the credentials and pulling power to compete at the top level.
The most obvious player for this has to be Dele Alli. Tottenham keeping hold of the 21-year-old is huge, and the Englishman’s maturity on Sunday afternoon at St James Park shows how much he has learnt in two seasons of top flight football.
Jonjo Shelvey has already put his hand up to be a contender for the most stupid sending off for the season, and the reckless stamp on Alli still didn’t do enough to get the Spurs midfielder into a battle of handbags.
RED CARD 🔴
Jonjo Shelvey is shown a straight red for clearly stamping on Dele Alli’s ankle.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) 13 August 2017
Alli has often been known for his temper, such was the case when he punched Claudio Yacob after being pushed all game for a reaction from the West Brom man.
But, his ability to control his anger and get on with his football showed his maturity in the opening game of the season against Newcastle. The 21-year-old got Spurs going with his excellent finish and controlled the tempo after Newcastle went down to 10-men.
Spurs’ man also looked like a veteran of the game, despite still only being 21 in his post-match interview with Kyle Walker-Peters. With Alli only being one year older than the Tottenham right-back, the way he conducted himself with his media duties was further proof of his maturity in the Premier League, and how the likes of Walker-Peters will be able to learn a great amount from Tottenham’s talisman.