Totally Buzzed is previewing every single Premier League team ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign and now it is the turn of Tottenham Hotspur.
How last season went:
Tottenham’s campaign seems much worse when looking back in hindsight due to the mess the club seemed to be in once the season ended. After all, the London club spent the last few weeks of the season with Ryan Mason as their interim manager after firing Jose Mourinho and then they seemed to start throwing darts blindfolded at a board in order to decide on their next permanent manager. However, they eventually settled on hiring ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo so it’s just a relief that they have someone steering the ship before the new season begins, as it looked like it might be touch and go for a bit. Tottenham finished 7th in their 2020/21 campaign, qualifying for the European Conference League, with 62 points; and while they were surely aiming to get Champions League football or Europa League football at the start of the season, at least they’ll be playing in Europe, unlike archrivals Arsenal. As for other competitions, Spurs reached the final of the EFL Cup but had their dreams of ending their long wait for silverware crushed by Manchester City, and Spurs suffered dramatic heart-break in The FA Cup as they went out to Everton in the fifth round after losing 5-4 following extra time.
Tottenham’s Premier League Stats – 2020/21:
*According to the PremierLeague.com*
Tottenham Player Stats – 2020/21:
Top Scorer Across All Competitions: Harry Kane- 28 goals in 46 appearances (0.67 goals per 90minutes, 135 minutes per goal)
Top Scorer – Premier League Only: Kane – 23 goals in 35 outings (134 minutes per goal)
Most Assists Across All Competitions: Kane – 16 assists in 46 matches (0.91 chances created per 90minutes)
Most Assists – Premier League Only: Kane – 14 assists in 35 games
Most Tackles Per Game (On Average) – Premier League Only: Serge Aurier (2.9 per match)
Most Minutes Played Across Premier League Fixtures – Top 3:
1.Hugo Lloris – 3420 minutes 2.Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 3420 minutes 3. Son Heung-Min – 3127 minutes
1st five league fixtures:
Manchester City (H): Man City defeated Tottenham twice last season, as they beat them 3-0 in the league when the pair clashed at Etihad Stadium in February and Guardiola’s side also vanquished Spurs in the EFL Cup final 1-0 at Wembley in April thanks to an Aymeric Laporte goal. However, Spurs did achieve the win when hosting Man City in the league at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in November as they cruised to a 2-0 victory.
Wolves (A): Spurs could only manage a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Molineux in December, but had no issues cruising to a 2-0 victory over Santo’s side when hosting them at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in May under Mason’s guidance.
Watford (H): Tottenham couldn’t beat Watford in the 2019-20 season, the last time the Hornets were in the Premier League, as the pair drew 1-1 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before their game at Vicarage Road ended 0-0.
Crystal Palace (A): Palace denied Tottenham a win at Selhurst Park by grinding out a 1-1 draw in December, however Spurs got revenge when the two teams met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in March as they ran out 4-1 winners.
Chelsea (H): Chelsea and Tottenham couldn’t be separated when the pair met at Stamford Bridge in November as their clash ended 0-0. However, a winner did emerge in the form of Chelsea when the pair battled at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in February, with Jorginho scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.
Tottenham Hotspur Fan Perspective: Mike (@UchihaMiek – Twitter)
Best Player: Without a doubt, it’s Harry Kane. He is key to everything our team does. When he goes missing in games it’s back-breaking, when he’s in form the whole system works. His link-up play with Son is the best strike partnership in the league.
Promising youngster: Dane Scarlett. Making his debut last year in the Europa League was a promising start for the then 16-year-old. I would love to see him get a run of matches in the Europa Conference League and I hope Nuno sees the same potential that Mourinho saw in him last season.
Likely to surprise people: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The Viking is an absolute rock in the Spurs midfield and fit into Mourinho’s system of play beautifully. He’s coming off the back of an incredible summer with Denmark reaching the semifinals of the Euros; with him being a star performer and picking up a handful of assists. Hopefully, he will continue to shine under Nuno.
Thoughts on the manager: The entire situation around our management has been a bit of a joke, to be honest. My faith in the club’s owners is at an all-time low after sacking Mourinho with seemingly zero plan of action for what to do afterwards. I’m fully behind Nuno and excited to see what he brings to the table, I just hope the board backs him financially to shake up the squad, lose some of our dead weight and improve in some much-needed areas.
Weakness: An overreliance on Kane and Son to perform. They’re a strike partnership from heaven but when they’re out of form, we look so bang averages in attack. The likes of Bergwijn, Moura, Lamela* (*Now departed) just aren’t consistent enough to provide the same amount of goals those two can. Not to mention that if/when Kane is ever injured, we have n0 backup to rely on, a fact that hurt Mourinho quite a bit during his time at the club.
Dream Transfer: Kylian Mbappe. Can you imagine a front three of Kane, Son and Mbappe? Another talented winger who could play either flank, or just as easily play up top, finding pockets of space for Kane to link up with. And more importantly, another source of goals which the team is lacking.
Realistic Transfer: Jules Kounde. The 22-year-old from France would be a massive boost to our defence. Last season Mourinho struggled to find a consistent partnership of centre-halves, and with Alderwiereld’s age concerns (*Toby has since left) we’re short on options for world-class defenders. I can’t take another season of seeing Eric Dier underperforming in defence…
Player I fear leaving: Harry Kane. It’s the talk of the summer, he’s unhappy, he wants to leave to win trophies. Honestly keeping Kane should be our number one priority this transfer period. Losing our best player would seriously dampen our season before it’s even begun, and like when we sold Gareth Bale all those years ago I don’t trust that the money would be reinvested correctly in the squad to make a significant improvement or to bring in anyone at an equal level to Kane.
League expectation: Top four. Ever since our champions league final loss v Liverpool we’ve been on a steady decline. Our biggest priority should be getting back into the top four, and with Champions League football secured, we can then see about starting a bid to challenge for the Premier League title.
League prediction: 4th-5th. I think we will improve on our finish last season and be in a hard-fought battle for the coveted European football spots. Anything more than that would be the cherry on top.
Biggest Rival This Season/Love It If We Beat them: It’s always nice to beat Arsenal but given results from last season, I’d actually love for us to square up to Chelsea this season. Tuchel’s men got the better of us in not only the league but in cup competitions too, and they’re undoubtedly the strongest opposition from London going into this season.