With Tottenham Hotspur yet to make a single signing this summer, it raises the question whether they will be able to maintain their Premier League stance, as a side that should be competing for the title.

The other clubs in the top six, Spurs’ main competitors, have been far from shy to splash the cash in this transfer window. Chelsea and Manchester United have spent over £100m each this summer, with Manchester City exceeding £200m on new arrivals. Liverpool and Arsenal have also done a fair bit of business, along with the likes of Everton, who I expect to be up there at the end of campaign.

So on paper, Tottenham look to have quite a disadvantage in the title race this season, but will this be the case? I take a look at where Spurs’ season could be a success, or a failure.

Current Squad

Despite a quiet window, Spurs do still have a very good squad, with quality on display in every department. Pochettino has managed to keep the core of his side together, which will be key this season.

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With a spinal four of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Hugo Lloris still at the club, the heart of the Tottenham side will still be beating this coming season, meaning they may still be able to compete at the top.

This is complemented by the support of the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Victor Wanyama, Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen, who all play massive parts in the side on a weekly basis. So signings don’t seem to be desperately needed for Spurs.

Also, as they have kept the side more or less together, the players know already how each other play, meaning there is no need for them to take time to gel with each other. This could give them a very strong advantage at the beginning of the season, where they could find themselves in a healthy position.

Squad Depth

Tottenham also have reasonably good squad depth. Despite Danny Rose’s recent comments, Pochettino is very good and getting the best out of his academy players and turning them into quality first-team players. Spurs right-back Kyle Walker joined Manchester City for £53m this summer, so signing a right-back would seemed to have been imperative for Daniel Levy. But is this really needed? Tottenham still have Kieran Trippier who can comfortably play at RB, and who has already made a good impression. Furthermore, Pochettino has turned to Kyle Walker-Peters, an academy graduate who has been given a chance in the first-team, and is another player who looks to have a promising future.

Huge goal threat

Tottenham’s imposing attack remains intact, and will still have a devastating effect on Premier League defences. The vision of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, complemented by the finishing of Son Heung-Min and Hary Kane, will still tear teams apart, with Alli and Eriksen chipping in with goals as well. So in the final third, Spurs won’t have too many problems.

However…

Obviously clubs still want to improve their side in transfer windows, and Spurs have been linked with some players who could add a lot to the side. Ajax full-back Davinson Sanchez has been heavily linked with a move to North London, and he would fit in ideally in a back three or at right-back, filling Kyle Walker’s boots.

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is another one on Tottenham’s radar. The England international has been left out of Everton’s side after refusing to sign a new deal, and his skill and ability will also massively boost Spurs.

So it will be interesting to see how things play out with Spurs and their transfer business. But if they do fail in their attempts to sign any players, then I’m sure it won’t be too much of a disaster.

 

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