The 2015/16 season is Tottenham Hotspur’s 38th consecutive year in the top flight and they will also compete in the Europa League for the 14th time in their history.
Spurs bounced back from a troubled season the year before – when finished 6th, their lowest finish since 2009 – to finish one place higher, just missing out on the top four and Champions League football.
They will have to beat the bookies’ predictions if they’re to better last season’s efforts though – as generous natured bookmakers predict that Spurs are behind the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool in the race to finish in the top four.
With Maurcio Pochettino starting his second full season at the club, Tottenham are hoping this is finally the year they can break into the top four. Pochettino took over from interim boss Tim Sherwood last summer and wasted no time in putting his own stamp on the team – although the stand out player would come not from the signings he made, but from the reserves – as youngster Harry Kane snatched his opportunity with both hands and produced an inspired debut season to lead Spurs’ scoring charts and earn an England call-up as well.
A sum of £27m was paid out to bring new faces last summer and it was another high-spending summer for Pochettino’s side – as they splashed the cash on acquiring £11.5m-rated defender Toby Alderweireld, in addition to Kevin Wimmer (£4.3m) and Kieran Trippier (£3.5m) who will also be looked at to bolster Tottenham’s back line. Son Heung-min was the big name signing for £22m from Bayer Leverkusen and it’s hoped that the South Korea international can ease the goal-scoring burden on Harry Kane.
Tottenham Summer Transfers
Players In (Signed From):
Kevin Wimmer (FC Koln)
Kieran Trippier (Burnley)
Toby Alderwiereld (Atletico Madrid)
Clinton N’Jie (Lyon)
Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)
Players Out (Left For):
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande)
Daniel Akindayini (Brighton)
Jordan Archer (Millwall)
Alexander McQueen (Carlisle)
Jonathan Miles (Ebbsfleet)
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg)
Etienne Capoue (Watford)
Tomislav Gomelt (Bari)
Tottenham will again have to battle against a very heavy schedule with commitments in Europe and domestically. The midweek demands of the Europa League and the Capital One Cup will take its toll on the Spurs squad and, no doubt, play a big part in the bookies being sceptical about their chances of breaking into the top four.
However, they should be well set to compete in all competitions they take part in this season. Spurs have competed in Europe in eight of the last nine seasons, meaning that they are accustomed to the high workload it demands. They also have a big squad with lots of strength in depth. The likes of Kane, Eriksen, Lamela and Vertonghen can easily be replaced with Son Heung-min, Chadli, Mason and Alderwiereld.
Adebayor had been Spurs’ top scorer for two of the last three seasons and started the 2014/15 season as the club’s number one striker.
However, Harry Kane burst onto the scene during 2014/15 and is now the clear favourite with the bookies to finish as the club’s top scorer, with Son Heung-min perhaps favoured to play in European and Cup fixtures. Tottenham fans will hope he can build on last season’s successes for the 2014/15 season and push on to improve on the fantastic tally of 31 goals he scored last season (in all competitions.)
Given their rich history, Tottenham are beginning to endure a bit of a trophy drought. Their success in the 2008 League Cup success has been their only piece of silverware since the 1991 FA Cup.
Despite only one Cup victory in the 21st century, they remain one of the most decorated clubs in English football. They are behind only Arsenal and Manchester United when it comes to FA Cup wins – with a total of 8 wins – while their tally of 4 League Cup wins can only be trumped by Aston Villa and Liverpool, making Spurs the third most successful club in the competition’s history.
Spurs have also tasted success on the continent on numerous occasions. They were the inaugural winners of the UEFA Cup in 1972 and went on to win the competition again in 1984. They also won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963.
Football League First Division (2): 1950/1951, 1960/1961
F.A Cup (8): 1900/01, 1920/21, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1966/67, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1990/91
League Cup (4): 1970/71, 1972/73, 1998/99, 2007/08
UEFA Cup (2): 1971/72, 1983/84
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1962/63
Pochettino has been tasked with adding to this haul of trophies and will be the first manager since Juande Ramos to do so if he succeeds. With Spurs fighting on four fronts this season, their chances of making it far in at least one competition are high.
They have a squad capable of dealing with their tough schedule and a highly rated young manager to bring the best out in their players. If you think Spurs’ will add to their trophy collection in 2015/16, make sure you keep an eye on freebets.com for all the best odds across all of the domestic and European competitions that Spurs are competing in.