Tottenham Aren't 'Spursy' Anymore, But There's Still Lots to Do Before Making a Real Title Challenge

Michael King

After Spurs' miraculous victory over Swansea on Wednesday night, many are touting the Londoners to once more chase down the current leaders, in this case Chelsea, and make the title race interesting.

Many more however concede that this season is a bridge too far for anyone to catch Chelsea let alone Spurs.  There will always next season, or maybe the season after, or maybe the one after that.

But to look at it plainly, Spurs not will win the Premier League in their current guise unless a lot of things change over the next few years. And there's a number of reasons why.

West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Fir stly is Spurs' lack of transfer clout. When was the last time Spurs swiped someone from under their rivals' noses?  And no, Moussa Sissoko  doesn't  count.

The transfer of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala to Chelsea in 2013 was only formulated because Spurs had brought the Brazilian to London to try and hammer out a deal for themselves - a  deal which reportedly broke down over wage demands.

Unfortunately, Chelsea were successful and the Brazilian has gone on to have a great few years with the Blues. But i f Spurs really want to compete, they have to be more willing to give the targeted player what they want in terms of wages.  That doesn't mean being held ransom; but to be more clinical during negotiations.

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League
Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League

To be fair Spurs have started well by tying down their current talent but they must take this mentality into the transfer market too.

The second issue, though, is that Spurs suffer from is a lack of squad depth.  Tottenham only have a group of around 14-15 players trusted by manager Mauricio Pochettino so when injuries hit, they're visibly down to the bare bones.

Wednesday night for example against Swansea, Spurs were missing several key players including Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Victor Wanyama.  Despite getting the win, the Spurs bench was bereft of game-changing attacking options - with only Vincent Janssen looking likely to get any minutes.


If Spurs are to compete at the top, their squad options must be stronger. Manchester City can afford to leave out Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne from time to time for example because they have the depth of David Silva and Leroy Sane to cope.

Spurs simply cannot afford to replace Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen for Moussa Sissoko or Georges-Kevin N'Koudou and expect their playing level to stay the same. 

And of course, the final reason, and possibly the biggest reason, is the side leaving White Hart Lane after this season.

This season White Hart Lane has been Tottenham's fortress this year with 13 wins, 2 draws (against Leicester and Liverpool) and zero losses.  Now that could change between now and the end of the season - but for Spurs fans you'd sincerely hope it doesn't.

The issue is where will Spurs play their games next season?

The club have until the 30th April to decide definitively whether they would like to play their home games at Wembley next season.However, if this season's Wembley fixtures are anything to go by, it would not be a good idea.

Spurs have played at Wembley four times so far this season, only winning once and will return to the stadium on the 22nd April for their FA Cup semi final against Chelsea.


Fundamentally their is no reason as to why Spurs have frozen on the 'big stage' of Wembley.  Some say its the size of pitch and others say its the inexperienced squad suffering from the pressure. Nobody is certain.

All that is certain is Spurs should be going into the FA Cup semi like its a home game, but instead many fans are concerned that playing there will stifle all the momentum the team have build up thus far.

Added to this will be Spurs' new ground next door to White Hart Lane. Neighbours Arsenal struggled after moving to the Emirates. They've gone nearly a decade without a trophy and have lost all the atmosphere that was present at their old ground Highbury.

It's important to remember though that it's not all negative of course. There are many positives to this Spurs side. They have the youngest squad in the league, they are arguably the most consistent side in the league and resilience that up until this season was unknown for a Tottenham side.

If Spurs right those three wrongs above, then there is nothing to stop them becoming Premier League champions. But to do this, the Spurs team and their board must live by the club's motto.

They must dare to try and most importantly dare to risk because, To Dare Is To Do.

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