If Tottenhams season last term was a date, it would have been perfect until their spiteful ex-girlfriend turned up on the doorstep to ruin any chances of a happy ending. Only Spurs could finish their most successful premier league campaign feeling somewhat disappointed. Their free-flowing football and march up the table recaptured the fans imagination as distant memories of Sergei Rebrov and kits sponsored by Pony were replaced with childhood dreams of glory. That was, until a mini end of season choke let rivals Arsenal back in and ‘mind the gap’ bragging rights were restored. In truth, Leicester won the title as opposed to Spurs throwing it away; but they’ll be looking to improve on last seasons effort to try again to pick up their first League title since 1961. Having managerial continuity gives them an edge over some of the other big guns. Pochettino has no time for ex-girlfriends, nor has he penned his future at Spurs to play second fiddle in the league, let alone North London. They can again have their say, but much will depend on the form and fitness of their dynamic duo Delli Alli and Harry Kane. It will be tough to replicate last season in this wide open race and the fans would probably settle for a place in the top 4. Question marks remain over the depth of their squad, particularly with the strain that Champions League football will provide. But they’ve got all the makings of a top side and can run the favourites close, but whether they can get through the front door this time is another question entirely.

Key man: Harry Kane

Best signing: Keeping Mauricio Pochettino

Verdict: 3rd

By Darren Wells


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