August. So often a time of despair for Spurs fans. Be it transfer weariness or Kane’s curse, there is rarely respite from shattered hopes at this time of the year. This season is worse than ever. Not only are our World Cup heroes returning late to pre-season training, we are also injury stricken and without a signing.
Our first concern comes with the tight schedule for our boys of Belgium, England and France. 3 leaders in the form of Lloris, Kane and Vertonghen are all among the late arrivals. Should our Belgian defensive duo fail to return match fit, Sanchez will be left our only senior centre back, forcing Davies into a different role.
Pochettino also faces a headache in midfield with Dier, Dele and Dembele returning just this week. Sissoko, Winks and Wanyama are also unlikely to be fully fit ahead of Newcastle giving the likes of Skipp a shot at making the squad after an impressive pre-season. Furthermore, Son is set to miss the start of the season whilst representing South Korea and, despite his eagerness to return, Kane is also unlikely to be sharp with less than 2 weeks of training under his belt.
With such concerns for the Spurs gaffer and his staff, signings seem to be growing even more necessary. Replicating our impressive 2017/18 campaign across all competitions will certainly be a challenge having failed to compete with our top 6 rivals in the market.
Our reluctance to pay the asking price for Jack Grealish means we continue to have issues with our squad depth, certainly in midfield. And, despite our hopes at the start of the summer, we’ll lack a boost to our starting XI with no marquee signing like Bale, Zaha or Martial to step in.
Nonetheless, there is plenty to look forward to with Spurs’ season kicking off on Saturday and a shiny new stadium to take our minds off of our non-existent transfer business. With the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ not due to be completed until September, it may be a long August.
By Kerry Spink