A 4-0 walloping at Anfield capped off a miserable season for Tottenham against teams currently occupying spots in the top-four, a destination they were hoping to end the campaign residing in with their feet up.
The chasm of quality between Spurs and those currently on course for Champions League qualification is emphasised by a yield of no wins, one draw and seven losses from their eight games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, scoring a paltry two goals in response to the 27 retrieved from their own net.
Gareth Bale’s £85m departure to Real Madrid can be identified as the root cause of their devolution, while the arrival of seven players without a Premier League minute between them has compounded the issue.
Their drubbing at Liverpool left them eight points adrift of fourth spot, a position they fell a draw short of landing last term.
A price of 11/25 says they’ll record a much-needed win when they lock horns with Sunderland next and, after such an underwhelming season their flailing stars will need to put in some strong performances between now and May in order to salvage their Lilywhite futures.
With the end-of-term award ceremonies on the horizon, it’s possible that such a humdrum season may prompt Spurs to scrap their plans to hand out a player of the year accolade and, having analysed the candidates, we can see how tough a task deciding a worthy winner would be.
Nevertheless, the bwinbetting team have had a go, here a few ‘frontrunners’:
The Romanian stopper has enjoyed a smoother transition to Premier League life than any of the other summer signings, but an unfortunate streak of injuries post-Christmas may scupper his claim to the prize.
Galvanised following Tim Sherwood’s installation to the dugout, the Togolese tower has bagged eight goals and assisted three since making a late-December seasonal debut.
Frequently chastised for an over-eagerness to attack, the Sheffield speedster averages two tackles outing and 2.2 interceptions per Premier League outing.
His contribution has been as important as any in a defence that would’ve conceded just 17 goals this season if their top-four steamrollerings are removed from the equation.