Last season’s EPL was one of the most enthralling and dramatic in recent memory. Centre stage was Korean superstar Heung-min Son who has made himself almost the first name on Pochettino’s team sheet. Despite ultimately ending in disappointment, last season can be deemed a success for Spurs. So what are the chances of them, with Son once more leading from the front, going one better this time around?
We will know sooner rather than later. The next two months are huge in the sporting world. There is the Rugby World Cup in Japan and the always spectacular and dramatic Melbourne Cup – one of the most hotly anticipated and bet on events in the southern hemisphere. It is also a time that will set the scene for who the runners and riders are likely to be in the EPL title challenge. Will it be Liverpool, Man City, and Spurs setting the pace with the likes of Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Everton desperate to keep up and force a way into the top slots?
At the heart of Spurs’ challenge will be Son. Last year he finally managed to produce the end products his overall play had promised. This came in the form of both putting the ball in the net, but also creating chances for his teammates. Is it really realistic to hope that he will be the first Korean to lift the EPL trophy, or indeed any major silverware in Europe?
There are two big positives regarding Spurs when comparing the team this season and the one from last time out. First of all, they have spent money, and they appear to have spent it very well. Ryan Sessegnon is no doubt a star of the future, but also has something to offer right now, even if he is used sparingly. Club record signing Ndombele is world-class and, along with Giovani Lo Cels, has really strengthened the midfield. Questions will be asked upfront, but Lucas Moura was showing signs at the back end of the last campaign that he can do a job for the North London club, and they are certainly stronger overall than they were this time last year when they failed to bring in anyone. A lot could depend on whether they are able to keep hold of Eriksen who showed last weekend against Manchester City just how important a player he is.
The other advantage Spurs have over last season is the belief that comes from being able to push the top two for almost all of last year, plus the fact they made it to the Champions League final, a competition they had hitherto struggled in. That will give the players the confidence to know that they are able to compete right at the top level of the game, and will only help them this time around. Whatever happens, it is likely to be dramatic viewing.