Last season ended disappointingly for Tottenham Hotspur as they surrendered second place in the English Premier League table to their fierce North London rivals Arsenal by losing their final two games of the season against Southampton and Newcastle.
Nevertheless Mauricio Pochettino’s side still secured their best ever Premier League finish of third and in doing so qualified automatically for the group stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Subsequently with a view to handling the demands of simultaneously competing domestically and in European football’s elite club competition, the 44-year-old manager has worked diligently throughout this summer, with the support of both Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy and owners ENIC International Ltd, to maintain and strengthen his squad.
Spurs well prepared for current season
After signing a quartet of extremely talented players who possess the potential to help Tottenham enjoy a successful season, Pochettino and the club’s hierarchy capped a fine summer of work in terms of enhancing their prospects for the current campaign by extending the contract of influential midfielder Christian Eriksen.
Eriksen to continue exerting excellent influence
Specifically the 24-year-old Denmark internationalist has agreed a new deal which is set to keep him at the club until 2020.
Since joining Tottenham from Ajax in August 2013 for £11.5m, Eriksen, who has been capped 63 times by his country, has scored 30 goals in 134 appearances, whilst at the end of his debut season – 2013-2014 – he was also named as the club’s player of the year. Over the course of the last two seasons Eriksen has continued to perform consistently well, in order to firmly establish himself as one of the finest attacking midfielders in the English Premier League.
As such, that he has committed his long – term future to Tottenham is of major benefit to Pochettino, as the Argentine aims to create a team capable of challenging to win major honours.
Quartet of quality new signings
The former Espanyol and Southampton manager’s prospects of achieving that have been further improved by Tottenham’s recruitment of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Vincent Janssen, Moussa Sissoko and Victor Wanyama for a combined cost of £67.4m.
Whereas the former AZ Alkmaar striker Janssen and Wanyama, who was bought from Southampton, have both already seamlessly fitted into Pochettino’s team by producing assured performances in each of Tottenham’s first three English Premier League games of the season, the French midfield duo of N’Koudou and Sissoko are yet to make their debuts for the club after being signed from Olympique Marseille and Newcastle respectively on transfer deadline day.
Given that N’Koudou was one of the most outstanding wingers in Ligue 1 last season and Sissoko starred at Euro 2016 for France, they, along with Janssen and Wanyama, have the ability to become key members of Tottenham’s team, just as Eriksen already is.
Extension of Eriksen’s contract final act in a fine summer of work
As well as making a positive start to the season for Tottenham, the mercurially talented Eriksen was instrumental for his country as he scored the only goal as Denmark opened up their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a 1-0 victory over Armenia.
As such the Dane is set to return to Tottenham buoyant following his excellent exploits on the international stage.
Furthermore, his signing of a new contract completes a fine summer of work undertaken by the North London club’s chief decision – makers and Pochettino.