Mauricio Pochettino has, yet again, reassured us that he is a world-class manager by the methods in which he has managed the club’s politics to get the best out of his team, ensure they collaborate and play with pride, passion and desire. Spurs are no longer seen as ‘soft-bellied’ underneath but a hardworking, tireless unit, striving together to achieve one goal, the Champions League and, may even push for the title.Embed from Getty Images
Placed in charge of the transfer system
With the exit of Franco Baldini, whom many people regard as useless following the careless, thoughtless spending spree after the post-Gareth Bale era, Pochettino has placed himself in full control of the club’s transfer and signing system. Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld have proved to be bargain buys for only £5 and £11 million and are arguably better than players like Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala who cost the club £32 million. Pochettino only permits players who want to work for him, on and off the pitch, and give 100% effort consistently as well as a superb attitude. These are the 2 factors that have made Tottenham successful so far into this season’s Premier League. Attitude and effort are two of the core components that have seen Tottenham grab many goals, such as in games against Manchester City, Bournemouth and West Ham, as well as possessing the ability to grind out results such as the draws against Liverpool and Arsenal.
No play time
Pochettino has already demonstrated what happens to the lazy; they are demoted. Emmanuel Adebayor left the club by mutual consent and Spurs completed a mass exodus during the summer of 2014: Vlad Chiriches, Younes Kaboul, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Soldado all departing from the club. Aaron Lennon was also demoted to the development squad before leaving for Everton. Pochettino only wants certain types of players playing for his team.
But can Spurs cope with an injury crisis?
However, the only possible downside to Pochettino’s style is that Spurs don’t have much strength in depth. So far, the team have coped very well with injuries. At the opening of the campaign, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb were Tottenham’s number 1 and 2 in defensive midfield. But when they both picked up injuries relatively early on into the campaign, the fans began to worry what their team would do. Eric Dier was drafted in from defence and hasn’t turned back, putting in consistently superb performances as is young Dele Alli, a player nobody would have expected to be immediately placed in the first team. Nacer Chadli has been injured, but Son Heung-min has replaced him with an excellent attitude and willingness to work for the team and improve his all-round performance. And there are other young players in the ranks waiting for their opportunity. Harry Winks, Josh Onomah and Alex Pritchard all look promising prospects, and they’re all English, something that we don’t often see in top teams competing in the Premier League. The team may need to strengthen their options up front by signing a striker in January to aid Kane, remembering though that Clinton N’Jie was signed as an attacker and is yet to start at Premier League game due to Kane’s revival.
What are Tottenham capable of?
Big things. Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph has tipped them for the title; former manager Harry Redknapp says they can be champions next season and fight for the top four this season; the fans are less optimistic as they know that in all likelihood, Spurs will do a ‘Spurs’. But, if and only if, the team continues its great form and can pick up points in relatively easy games against West Brom, Norwich and Watford, Spurs can really be up and fighting at the top of the league with the world’s best.