Another season of transition has passed and Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to push on in his second season as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. Despite an inconsistent season Spurs finished in fifth place, only just missing out on that elusive fourth Champions League place. After a good run of games, around Christmas, Tottenham’s season was fairly downhill after their victory over North London rivals, Arsenal. However with some players departing in the summer and a few new faces at The Lane, Tottenham will be looking to break into the Champions League places once again this season.
STAR MAN – Harry Kane (9.5m)
There is no denying Harry Kane’s influence last season, for Spurs, scoring 31 goals in all club competitions. By doing so Kane managed to win Spurs 22 points, the most won by any player across the whole league. With these statistics alone you can’t argue that the 21 year old was Tottenham’s most influential player throughout the 2014/15 season. However the question is whether he can continue such fine form into the 2015/16 Premier League season. Despite having a difficult under 20s Euro Championship, with England, Kane will be looking to hit the ground running come August and ensure Spurs get that top four spot that they are so ferociously challenging for.
HIDDEN GEM – Dele Alli (5.0m)
Here we have a real hidden gem and despite being signed in January, English youngster Dele Alli is yet to feature for Spurs as he was loaned back to MK Dons for the remainder of last season. It is not clear whether Alli will break straight into the first team, however his recent activity on social media and the fact that he is training with the first team, suggests that Pochettino could be looking to put him straight into the starting 11, however if this is not the case his position on the bench looks solidified. Alli’s form last season was incredible and in my opinion he is exactly what Tottenham need: a goal scoring central midfielder, someone who breaks forward from deeper positions. Alli managed 16 goals and 11 assists in the 2014/15 season which puts him in great stead for the upcoming season, but the question is can he make the jump from the top of League One into the Premier League, I certainly hope so.