While almost all of their rivals have been making big investments to cement the shakier aspects of their teams, Tottenham have got their fingers crossed that the same group of players who couldn’t realise the club’s top-four aspirations last term can spark champagne showers this time around.
This seems more than a little fanciful for a faction that finished ten points behind fourth-past-the-post Arsenal when the music stopped and consistently underwhelmed throughout the entire campaign, despite an enormous outlay on players 12 months ago.
Ben Davies is the only summer arrival so far who’ll feature regularly in the first-team, so it certainly seems as though the faith-keeping approach is the one they’re going with.
Whether Spurs don’t have stacks of dough to blow after last year’s wallet-emptying exploits or they have unbridled faith in Mauricio Pochettino’s prowess when it comes to working the tactics board, their transfer inertia must’ve squeezed all the excitement out of even the giddiest of Lilywhites.
A grotesquely imbalanced squad was one of the biggest factors in their falling short last time and this has barely been addressed.
Pochettino must satisfy the small army of central midfielders recruited prior to the 2013/14 season that found themselves behind academy product Nabil Bentaleb in the pecking order, while making do with just Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon as his only natural widemen.
Their rivals boast conjurers of David Silva, Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil and Juan Mata’s calibre, to name but a few, and typically have two or three alternatives; the Spurs creative buck stops with Christian Eriksen.
Those harbouring the wild hopes and dreams that Pochettino owning a passport the same colour as record-signing Erik Lamela will somehow allow the former Roma man to not only adapt to Premier League rigours, but thrive in them are in for a disappointing season too.
Munitions suppliers are needed if Spurs are to challenge for a top-four finish, not just tactical reinvigoration, a view that bwinbetting’s Thomas Reynolds, for example, does not subscribe to. To view Thomas’ side to the story, click here.
He believes that, as if by magic, Pochettino’s powers of rejuvenation guided a Southampton side destined for the drop to a top-half finish.
Having half a team worth over £100m according to the current market, however, must’ve monumentally lowered the degree of difficulty involved with completing this task.
The current Spurs crop is top heavy in some places, light in others and, above all else, lacks the quality to compete with the five main protagonists in the top-four shake up.
Two managers tried to achieve the same goal last year and came nowhere near.
Without significant investment, it would be unreasonable to expect Pochettino to better their efforts.