Yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur scraped a victory in Europa League qualifiers against Lokomotiv Plovdiv because Plovdiv had multiple men sent off. With a poor first performance of the season against Everton and now almost losing to a team who is sixth in the Bulgarian league, the question arises, where does Tottenham go from here?
Spurs are bringing in Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon to push for a trophy this season and help sure up the left back position for seasons to come. While these are great signings, especially for this year, is this the last year Spurs can compete for a while?
Bale is coming back to North London on a one year loan, and there are no details to see if he is staying for multiple seasons. In addition, Bale is not getting any younger. Spurs are building a “win now” squad. This makes sense under manager Jose Mourinho. The issue is, the way they are currently playing seems like they are further from winning a trophy than when former manager Mauricio Pochettino took over in 2014.
I originally picked Spurs to finish top five and win a trophy, but by the looks of it they will not achieve either. However, chairman Daniel Levy is doing his best to finally reinvest in the squad. In addition to the Bale and Reguilon moves, Levy is on the verge of signing a backup striker, possibly one of the quality of Danny Ings from Southampton. If Levy can get a striker of the caliber of Ings, and possibly another center back, Spurs would have a very strong side for Europa League and the FA Cup.
Levy’s investment has come way too late though, and it shows. Much of the team seems like they are not buying into the project, and have hit their peak as a group. Years with little investment drained this team down. The hope is this reinvestment will give Tottenham the much needed juice to finally win a trophy this season.
If this does not happen, it is time to blow the project up. The window is shut after this year in my opinion. Players like star striker Harry Kane will want out and at that point it would be time for Tottenham to sell some of their older and valuable assets. As hard as it would be to see players such as Kane, Dele, and Son Heung-min leave, it may be the best so Spurs can get money in return.
The idea would be to build with future, high potential players, such as Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Reguilon, Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga and Steven Bergwijn. Then use the funds gained on transfers to build up other positions of need and have another run at a major trophy in a couple of years.
Tottenham is looking at one of their last few chances at a trophy with this squad. Depending on what happens this season and transfer window will determine what happens with the future of the club and how competitive they will be in the coming years.
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