For the past two years players like Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Hugo Lloris have helped Tottenham challenge for the Premier League title. Yet this season they are yet to sign a player to take them to that next step. Fortunately, they haven’t been hit with too many injuries or departures which has allowed Mauricio Pochettino to name pretty much the same team every week. But is it enough? Can Tottenham really produce the performances of last season against the upgraded teams in the EPL?
Spurs were lucky to keep the same team for a majority of the 2016-17 season with 11 players making 30 or more appearances and shining star, Alli playing 37 matches while four others played 36 times. Harry Kane, Alli, and Son Heung-Min were the only three players to score more than 10 goals. In 2015-16 only eight players made more than 30 appearances and only two (Kane and Alli) scored more than 10 goals.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) August 8, 2017
So what we’re seeing here is a huge reliance on Kane and Alli, and the obvious prayers that these players remain fit and healthy, as well as avoiding the wrath of the officials.
In those past two seasons Spurs have made 12 signings (six in both seasons) while Leicester City made 10 signings in the 2015-16 season, and Antonio Conte signed eight players heading into the 2016-17 premiership winning season.
In fact, at the time of writing, the last signing Tottenham made was 205 days ago, adding Maximus Tainio to their academy on January 16. Their last senior signings were Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on August 31, 2016, 343 days ago. Does this mean Pochettino is pleased with his current squad, waiting to catch the right fish or perhaps there are some more complicated issues lying in the depths.
Anyway, it is what it is, and there is still time for that to change. The only time a team has won the league without signing a player was Manchester United in the 2000-01 season. Seventy-nine signings have been made so far with a couple of weeks remaining in the transfer window, and not a single one has been made by Tottenham. Will this come back to bite them in May or will they be hoisting the Premier League title for the first time?
— Sky Sports PL 👑 (@SkySportsPL) August 8, 2017