The Premier League season had started so brightly for Tottenham Hotspur who won their first 3 games of the season, including going to Old Trafford and beating Manchester United 3-0.
The omens looked even better for Harry Kane, the quite brilliant forward for the north Londoners who had never scored in August and yet broke that duck. Whilst everything should have been going wrong for Spurs it just wasn’t. Until now.
Before the international break the first cracks were exposed when Tottenham lost 2-1 to in form side Watford. The loss was criticised because they had blown a lead against a team they would have been expected to beat. Then Harry Kane was picked to play for England- the first game a UEFA Nations League match was expected but then manager Gareth Southgate picked Kane for the dull friendly against Switzerland and everyone could see the player looked tired. Indeed Kane has only had a few weeks rest this summer given England’s run to the World Cup semi finals.
He played again this weekend when Spurs lost at home to Liverpool 2-1, a telling match that saw Liverpool keep their 100% unbeaten record and move five points clear of them. Kane looks tired but isn’t the only one from the Spurs squad and now fingers are pointing at Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy.
Stunning as it may sound but Tottenham thought it was normal not to buy any players in the summer transfer window. True the club also kept their best players, but it has been proven time and again that teams need to re energise and redo their teams every season- and this wouldn’t have been money wasted to invest in a couple of quality players that could have been drafted in and added to the squad.
Over the past 18 months Tottenham’s priorities have changed from a team that was constantly in the shadow of their rivals Arsenal to a club who have now surpassed them and qualify for the Champions League. The next step was supposed to be a decent challenge for the Premier League- simply put you can’t do that without investing in new blood, no matter if you have one of the best teams in England. By not investing regular players will feel too comfortable and could become complacent knowing that there is not another player of genuine class waiting to take their place from the bench.
Forecasters could see Tottenham struggling by the end of the year but the cracks have already shown and they won’t be able to invest now until the January window by which time it could be too late. Tottenham are a great team but what the fans will not want is an empty season and one where they see their team going through the motions when they should be targeting glory.