Was Tottenham Hotspur’s Summer of Silence a Stroke of Genius in Disguise?

 

Tottenham Hotspur have won their opening three matches in the Premier League and are ranked in second place behind early leaders Liverpool. They’ve been incredibly impressive in the premature stages of the new campaign and have built a crucial platform to launch a title pursuit.

Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy were heavily criticized for their inactive transfer window. Spurs failed to bring in a single high-profile summer signing, but they also successfully retained the services of crucial players such as Toby Alderweireld, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
The former Southampton manager has assembled an exceptional squad since his arrival from Hampshire, but they’re yet to consolidate their remarkable rise with a major trophy. Pochettino will be hoping to end Tottenham Hotspur’s trophy drought by guiding them to the Premier League title this season.
Leicester City pipped them to the Premier League title in 2016 and Arsenal subsequently clinched second place as Spurs hit the self-destruct button in the latter stages of the campaign. Manchester City comfortably marched to the Premier League title last season, which led to incessant rumours regarding the futures of their biggest players.
Some believe its last chance saloon for the current generation at Tottenham Hotspur. Toby Alderweireld is approaching 30 and Christian Eriksen is 26, which means the pair are likely to search for a route to silverware if they’re unable to achieve success in North London. It could be the make or break season for Spurs, but they have the squad and the manager to produce a serious challenge this term.

The Rise of Lucas Moura

Above: Lucas Moura celebrating scoring in Tottenham Hotspur’s latest victory over Manchester United.
Brazilian attacker Lucas Moura declined during the latter stages of his spell at French giants Paris Saint-Germain. He was tipped for a promising future after breaking through the ranks in Brazil, but failed to meet expectations in the French capital.
Tottenham Hotspur offered him an opportunity to relaunch his career, but he was lacklustre during the second half of the 2017/18 season. Pochettino has remained faithful with the Brazilian and Lucas Moura is currently repaying him for his trust.
He’s scored three goals in his opening three league appearances, including a brace in their memorable victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday evening. He was a livewire from the first whistle to the last and his impact could be immense throughout the campaign.
Harry Kane partnered him in the attacking line and the duo complimented each other beautifully at the Theatre of Dreams. He has the ability to split defences with his speed and quick footwork and adds the major talent required to forge a title pursuit.

Was the Silent Summer a Stroke of Genius in Disguise?

Spurs supporters were worried about the futures of their most crucial players heading into the summer transfer window. Toby Alderweireld was linked with every club under the sun, Hugo Lloris was being lined up with a potential move to Real Madrid and Christian Eriksen was linked with Spanish champions FC Barcelona.
It would’ve been catastrophic if the three players listed above departed in the summer. Alderweireld is one of the strongest defenders in England and he also offers squad depth and formational/tactical fluidity.
Davinson Sanchez has fared well in the Premier League, which means Pochettino can either play a back-three with the Colombian included, or partner Vertonghen with either Alderweireld or Sanchez when playing with a four-man defence.
The full-back positions are also well covered with Serge Aurier deputizing for England international Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose and Ben Davies sharing match-time at left back. Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Moussa Sissoko and Lucas Moura can all play as wide men and the central midfield area is packed with talented players, including the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.
Pochettino’s decision to play Lucas Moura as a forward has also increased his options in the final third. Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-Min and Vincent Janssen can all deputize for Harry Kane, but this proves that the options are endless.
Tottenham may have failed to add to their squad in the transfer window, but Pochettino has quietly and shrewdly assembled a strong squad for the 2018/19 season. They’ve previously struggled to combat competing in the Premier League and Europe, which increases the importance of squad depth.
It’s early doors but this is the prime opportunity to engrave their name on the famous Premier League trophy for the first time in their history!

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