Tottenham have a very, very good squad and while they still need some work, they now have almost all the players they need to make a genuine challenge for the Champions League spots.
Spurs have pulled out all the stops in improving the squad and if they can bring in two more players this summer (left-wing and central mid), they will have a complete squad that could easily hold it’s own against the top 4.
The other potential problem could be Martin Jol’s tactical ability, but that’s a debatable topic and in these situations you have to give your managers time to work with the players. Martin Jol has a great chance this season, he would do well to make the best of it.
Manager Status: Martin Jol is well-loved at Tottenham and the club and fans have faith in him to lead Tottenham into the top-four. You need a lot more than faith though.
Transfer Analysis: Tottenham have been the highest net spenders so far (I think), and they’ve brought in quality players, for sure. For the first time in Martin Jol’s spell at Spurs he will have players on the bench he can rely on and depth in quantity and quality is a must if you want to challenge for the Champions League.
Tottenham could still do with a left-winger though, and an experienced central midfielder.
Players to watch: Bale and Bent.
August Fixtures: Away to Sunderland, home to Everton and Derby and away to Manchester United. Not a bad start to the season, and Spurs will be hoping for a minimum of 9 points from August.
Expectations: Realistically, 5th. If you listen to the fans, 4th.
Predictions: 5th-8th – good enough to be 5th, but other teams could push them hard.