What are the expectations for Spurs this season?

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The transfer window is officially closed, and the English clubs are now going to have to make due with their current squads until January at the very least.

I would have looked at doing a transfer window piece for Tottenham Hotspur. However, after them becoming the first side in the Premier League for over a decade to not buy a single player in the summer transfer window I don’t suppose there would be too much to write about.

So, the transfer window aside, what can we expect from the North-London club this season?

Firstly, the new stadium should certainly be an interesting factor in Tottenham’s season. After developing such a strong home record, Spurs were forced to play their entire season at Wembley stadium last season which wasn’t without its issues. Perhaps now, with that behind them and the presence of an actual home stadium we could see Spurs return to enjoying their home comforts as much as they once did!

For all the talk of potential signings, one thing that cannot go unnoticed is that there were no high-profile outgoings either. The likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli never looked to leave at any stage during the transfer window. However, it was widely believed that we would see the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Dembele and Danny Rose all leave the club during the summer window. Without a shadow of a doubt, losing the three of them without any incomings would have been a complete utter disaster. Spurs are certainly in a far stronger position having kept them then they would have been had they let them go.

It is quite difficult to predict how Spurs will perform this season, a real title challenge may seem out of their reach however the reality is the same could be said for many of the other big-six members too.

The truth is, with the lack of spending and the sides around them strengthening (Liverpool for example…) a top-four finish is certainly an attainable respectable target for Spurs. It would be unfair to expect Pochettino and his men to bridge the mammoth gap between themselves and Manchester City without having strengthened in the entire window.

Would fans be satisfied with a top-four finish? Well it’s hard to say, some fans I’ve spoken to have vented frustration at the lack of spending, claiming it demonstrates a simple lack of ambition from Levy who they believe simply is more focused on business side of things rather than the football side. The reality is, a top-four finish would certainly be enough for it to be considered a positive season for Spurs.

So how does a decent season become a good one? The answer is simple, win a trophy. Pochettino has often dismissed cup competitions in the past with him claiming Spurs were interested in the “bigger prizes.” The reality is, Spurs don’t seem to be very close to the bigger prizes at the moment and just like it is the case for any other member of the top-six, every single trophy counts.

Spurs have gone far too long without a major trophy. 1 League Cup in the past decade simply isn’t good enough. My local side Birmingham City from the Championship have the same record. Although the Premier League title itself may seem out of reach for Tottenham, the FA-Cup and the League Cup certainly isn’t! Spurs managed to reach the Semi-Finals of the FA-Cup last season, indicating a change of approach to cup competitions from their Argentinian coach.

This is something that must continue this season, Spurs fans will probably forgive the lack of Premier League trophy come May. However, they certainly would want to be within a shout of one of the cup competitions to end their major trophy drought.

Top four and a trophy is certainly achievable for Spurs this season and would certainly represent a good season and a season with progress. Throw in a good run in the Champions League, something which this Spurs side are more than capable of doing then you really do have a good season in the making for the North-Londoners.

Do I believe Spurs can achieve these targets? Absolutely. And to be clear, this isn’t to suggest they can’t go a step further and challenge for the bigger prizes that Pochettino has spoken about in the past. These targets are simply the most realistic ones for Pochettino’s men, in a league where even the newly promoted clubs are spending over £200 Million between them, the need for spending has only increased. With Spurs effectively standing still this summer it would be unfair to expect them to challenge for the title. Stadium costs may be one of the reasons behind the lack of spending, meaning preserving their Champions League status and the revenue that comes with it may have even further importance this season.

One thing is for sure with Spurs, expect entertainment from this wonderful young side and their Argentinian manager.

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