Note: This is the latest breakdown of transfer moves leading up to the 2018-19 Premier League season. This post will be updated throughout the transfer window as appropriate.
If you’re following Tottenham, you’re probably aware that they haven’t saw fit to conduct any transfer business (besides a striker coming home from a previous loan) — so obviously, I won’t be covering that. I will, however, discuss my overall thoughts of the team, the guy(s) being targeted heavily, and potential transfers to be brought in.
- First and foremost, I’ll state the obvious — Tottenham finished 3rd behind only a profilic (MAN) City team that literally rewrote the books, and a marginal (Man) United team who squeaked through the league by parking the bus and scraping out 1-0 games. Overall, I still think that this is a loaded team (with both English nationals, and generally speaking) and this is me (probably) being nitpicky.
- Goals: The difference between the 2017-2018 and the 2016-2017 season was pretty striking (no pun intended), Spurs scored 12 less goals this year as opposed to 2016-2017. Full disclosure: If there’s such thing as a “down year” I think this was Tottenham’s in front of goal, but by no means was it a bad year. They still had an exceptional goal difference (and obviously they finished 3rd place in the table). Tottenham has gotten contract extensions from all of their major pieces going forward Dele Alli, Eriksen, Heung-Min Son, Kane until at least 2022, giving them a lot of stability in this area. I also think that Pochettino not pursuing any additional goal scoring threats, he’s sending a huge message to his team that he believes they will do the work that needs to be done.
- Goals against: There was also a similar difference between goals allowed over the seasons exactly 12 more goals than in the 2016-2017 season. If I have one concern going forward for Tottenham its going to be in the back, Tottenham were able to avoid anything major from losing Kyle Walker to City, but I have some concerns about transfer targets for other players.