While their 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday effectively sounded the death knell for Spurs’ title ambitions this season, there is genuine reason to believe that they just might do one better next season.
With four different league champions (assuming Leicester City wins) over the last four years, it would be churlish to use anything from this season as a barometer for the next. Chelsea’s farcical title defence this season after running away with it the year before is proof that nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League. Yet despite this, it would be a huge surprise if Tottenham Hotspur are not amongst the title challengers next year.
On top of being the fittest team in the Premier League, Spurs also possess the youngest squad in the division. Key players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Eric Lamela are all under 25 years old and have some distance to go before their peak. Moreover, Spurs’ young core will have benefited from experiencing their first title run-in, their disappointment driving them on to do even better next season.
Despite the fact that manager Mauricio Pochettino has not won anything in his short managerial career, his stock is at an all-time high. The manner which he jettisoned dead weight, implemented his vision and improved the Spurs team has been lauded by the footballing community. Apart from the apparent interest from Manchester United, Pochettino has also recently be linked to French super-club PSG. With no shortage of suitors, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will have his work cut out to keep the in-demand Argentine at White Hart Lane.
With the bumper TV deal in effect next season and clubs more likely to splash the cash, the Premier League is set to be even more competitive next season. Yet already boasting the best goal difference this season, Spurs have the scary potential to get even better. If they are able to keep the team together, Tottenham Hotspur might just finally get their hands on their first league title since 1961.