Let’s All Laugh at Tottenham
Many have been calling Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur the greatest team they’ve had since they last won the English top flight nearly six decades ago, in 1961.
However, they are yet to come close to picking up any silverware. For an eighth successive FA Cup semi-final in a row they bottled it this past weekend by going down 2-1 against Manchester United, even at their temporary home of Wembley Stadium.
Dele Alli had given Spurs an early lead in what was a positive opening 20 minutes from Pochettino’s side. However, Jose Mourinho does what his sides do best in cup competitions, and found a way to win.
Though they have won the FA Cup on eight occasions, Tottenham have not lifted the oldest club cup competition in the world since beating Nottingham Forest in 1991. Since then we have won it eight times ourselves – seven under Arsène Wenger alone.
Tottenham’s only recent silverware since the Premier League was formed in 1992 has been two EFL Cup successes – 1999 and 2008.
Not only have we won the Premier League three times, we’ve only finished below Tottenham on three occasions in the 25 seasons. OK, 2017-18 is almost certainly going to be number four. But again, Spurs have failed to finish in the top spot.
The start of the season football odds never have Tottenham among the favourites, which, by the end of the season, prove correct.
The current Tottenham side boasts a number of top players. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, despite making a number of costly errors this season, is still touted by a number of the top clubs. Now 31 years old, the France number one really needs to find a new club as soon as possible if he wants to lift any major honours in his club career.
Similarly, Spurs have two highly-rated centre-backs in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld. The former has just turned 31 and aside from a couple of Dutch league titles and cups with Ajax, has little to show for his ability.
International teammate Alderweireld also had success with Ajax but was also part of Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side that shocked the football world with their 2013-14 La Liga title success.
Perhaps one things that runs through the veins of most of this current Tottenham squad is a lack of major honours. Mousa Dembele has been on the lips of Spurs fans this season but the 30-year-old hasn’t helped his side secure a trophy. In fact, the only hours in his list are the 2009 Dutch Eredivisie title and Johan Cruyff Shield with AZ.
Christian Eriksen won three consecutive titles with Ajax before joining Tottenham Hotspur where he has added a total of zero winners’ medals to his collection over the past five years. The Dane is one of the top midfielders in the world right now – perhaps he’ll be smart enough to force a transfer through this summer?
Striker Harry Kane receives all the plaudits for his goalscoring ability and Tottenham fans love him for being one of their own – but when will the England star consider lifting a trophy in his career? He’s been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United in the past, and although time is on his side, it’s something he must seriously consider as soon as this summer.