Much has been made of Spurs’ recent form, with some abysmal results against teams well below their means. The poor run of results started with a 2-1 defeat to Leicester in the Premier League and continued with one win in five games since a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United. Not to mention the humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. This begs the question- what on earth is going on?
Spurs had a quite remarkable 2018/19 season, notably reaching the Champions League final as well as securing a solid 4thplace position in the league. However, they lost 13 league games and you would have to go back to the 2008/09 season for them to have lost more times in a season, losing 15 times. This could well suggest that the problems have been there since last season, with such inconsistency there is growing scrutiny on Mauricio Pochettino and his squad.
However, with such a talented squad, it is difficult to see why Spurs haven’t any tangible form of success in recent times. This isn’t to say they haven’t had any chances, since 1993, they have lost all eight of their FA Cup semi-finals. They have now also failed to pass round four of the Carabao Cup in four of the last five seasons. This is worrying for Spurs, with arguably their best chance of ending their trophy drought coming in one of these competitions.
Many top European clubs would be interested in such talented players, which has been a reoccurring feature of Spurs, with the like of Berbatov leaving for Manchester United as well as Luka Modric and Gareth Bale both leaving for Real Madrid and recently Kyle Walker departing for Manchester City. With Berbatov, Modric and Walker being 27 years old at the time of leaving, it suggests that they were in the peak of their careers looking to win something, which they went on to do at their respective clubs.
With Harry Kane now 26, is it nearly time for him to look elsewhere in the search of trophies? The same can be said for Son, now 27 and Christian Eriksen also 27, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for some time now. If these players were to leave, it would be the beginning of dark times for Spurs. Now I’m sure you would say, ”But Spurs would be able to reinvest this money on top quality players to replace them”. This is a valid point, but there is a large risk with this, which Spurs already know about when Bale was sold for a reported £85m fee, it was spent on the likes of Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Paulinho, all of whom flopped.
This doesn’t take into account the effect of Pochettino’s potential departure, if this was to happen, it could well be the catalyst for a huge crisis. A failure to replace Pochettino could be detrimental in Spurs’ sustainability in the top six, with clubs such as Leicester and Wolves amongst others, eager to break into the upper hierarchy. This makes a trophy seem even less likely for Spurs, and makes you wonder if they will ever end their drought.