Poniedziałek, 3 października, 2022   I   02:28:43 PM EST   I   Bogumiła, Gerarda, Józefy

Tottenham Hotspurs: Two Contrasting Campaigns

29 listopada, 2017

Tottenham's top striker Harry Kane. Foto: CHEN WEI SENG
Tottenham's top striker Harry Kane. Foto: CHEN WEI SENG

For many who follow the Premier League, there would be no doubt that Tottenham could continue to grow as a more formidable force. For all the fortune and talent that the two Manchester clubs have, Spurs has forged their team through impressive purchases and even more wonderful homegrown, and young talent. A team that has the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Erikson, Victor Wanyama, and several others; the money spent on these players just form a fraction of what the wealthiest teams in Europe spent.

It is this impressive cohesion of talent that has allowed them to finish part of the top four last season. From there on, there was hope that this team would continue to grow into a more consistent side in this year’s Premier League, and even Champions League. The latter couldn’t have gone better than expected. Being part of the “Group of Death,” containing the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, it was still Spurs that finished rather comfortably top of their Group, winning twice against Dortmund and gaining four out of six points against the current holders. Harry Kane has solidified himself as not only an elite striker in the Premier League, but also among the finest in Europe. Spurs defense managed to hold Real Madrid to one goal throughout both legs played against them. They, by all accounts, look like an elite side in Europe.

Meanwhile, their Premier League campaign looks to be stuttering quite severely. Despite having impressive performances against the likes of Liverpool earlier on, Spurs has lost against Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City. These losses, combined with a draw against West Bromich Albion, has seen Spurs drop from touching distance with a rampant Manchester City side, to at least thirteen points adrift of them come the end of November (with a huge possibility to be sixteen behind). The defensive solidity they showed last season has fallen apart with the injuries to Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweield, essentially having a gaping whole in the middle of the pitch for the more dangerous sides in the Premier League to exploit. In addition, the forms of Dele Ali and Christian Erikson (two of their most dangerous midfielders), have been subpar. Harry Kane has been left adrift of opportunities as result, and is a dangerous combination with the broken defense.

Time will tell whether Tottenham will recover from a terrible last few weeks, having only able to register one win against Crystal Palace (while having three losses, and one draw). The return of Erik Lamela and Son’s form can bode well for them in the near future, but a change of style and formation is needed in order for Spurs to preserve their defensive solidity.

michael skok sport editor poland.usMichael Skok
Football Editor for
Polish-American Portal www.Poland.us
More on: www.mikesgoal.com