It’s lasted longer than many predicted, but it looks like the Tottenham Hotspur bubble is potentially going to be burst at some point during the 2017/18 season.
Tottenham’s wage and transfer budget, compared to the other big five in the league, was always going to force them to consistently play at 100%, week in, week out.
But ultimately, players heads were going to be turned, Mauricio Pochettino was going to reach his maximum potential with a limited squad and Daniel Levy was going to do nothing about it.
What Daniel Levy decides re player wages and transfers both in and out of the club over the next 9 months will define Tottenham Hotspur's future over the next decade.
— Marc Benamram (@MarcBenamram) November 27, 2017
It’s interesting to note that since Poch released his ill-advised book, Tottenham have taken a total of four points from a possible 15 – sure, there’s nothing in the book that is particularly team or brand-damaging to the Lilywhites, but why even release it in the first place? Poch is very much still in the infancy of his managerial career; the very fact, over the road, Arsene Wenger, a man of incredible managerial pedigree and stature is yet to ever release a book, speaks volumes in terms of the potential hinderance such an idea can potentially bring.
With Burnley moving above Spurs into sixth, it now means Pochettino’s side are closer to the foot of the table – 15 points – than they’re the summit (16 points behind Manchester City).
Eventually, though, Burnley will fade – there’s always an overachiever in the Premier League until about Christmas – and Spurs will slog it out for the Champions League top four places, but will Pochettino be around to see it?
Taking CLICKON’s algorithm, the white half of north London are the most underperforming team in the league based upon expected results versus actual scorelines.
Tottenham’s issues in recent weeks have centred around the lack of their usual intensity, too many players – too many big players – not performing.
Is this a case of Toby Alderweireld’s contract issues? Dele Alli’s links with Real Madrid? Christian Eriksen living off his performance against Republic of Ireland?
In Alli and Eriksen, it’s a simple case of two wonderful footballers who have now reached the hyperbole stage of praise. Therefore meaning, that they’ll never be able to obtain the levels thrust upon them, because it’s quite simply above their level of ability.
Of course, the main man Harry Kane continues to deliver, but even the most positive of people would find it hard to argue that Kane’s one-man band act is more for self-serving purposes; self-serving purposes that have an eye on that Madrid skyline.
Pochettino is unable to change things, either; the squad options available to him are depressingly embarrassing – apparently Georges-Kévin N’Koudou is still a thing.
Every spurs fan when they see Georges-kevin N'koudou play football. pic.twitter.com/inz6WV4aYq
— Nasir (@SxnHeungMin) November 27, 2017
And that highlights the biggest problem, and one that, in Poch’s defence, isn’t down to him: Tottenham are in Arsenal’s shadow, and rather ironically, perhaps more so than ever before.
If Poch can somehow tread water at Spurs until the stadium move is complete, and most importantly, paid off, him and Tottenham will then reap the rewards. However, we are talking a good five years from now, and we all know that managers rarely get the chance to turn their fortunes around.