Football Season Review

№6: Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham struggled in 2019/20 and failed to press on from their Champions League final appearance back in June 2019. This can partly be attributed to the owners vast spending on the new stadium and not on the playing squad. Sacking coach Pochettino early in the campaign (after round 12) and appointing Jose Mourinho as replacement steadied matters, but even this didn’t bring much of an improvement. In the end Spurs qualified for the Europa League after an unimpressive final round draw with Crystal Palace. Although level on points with Wolves, their superior goal difference proved decisive. In most games when Son and Kane were available the displays and the results were decent, with the attacking duo definitely amongst the strongest partnerships in the league. Unfortunately both players missed more than a third of the games either injured or suspended. Mourinho’s appointment brought better defensive stability and Tottenham became much harder to beat under the Portuguese. This proved decisive in June and July with only 1 defeat suffered in 9 rounds played post the COVID-break (W5 D3). Defensively many problems were present all season and none of the full-backs or the centre-backs had particularly memorable campaigns. Also Ndombele’s signing last summer proved unimpressive. Winks and Sissoko were also far from impressive in the heart of the midfield too. With Tottenham seriously restricted in their spending capabilities and with at least 2-3 stars wanting out, the 2020/21 season is shaping to be very challenging for the team, at least in terms of their top 4 chances.

Player of the Season: Heung-Min Son