Now, we know that this season hasn’t exactly been a vintage one, or even a good one. It was just average. Picking players for a Team of the Season wasn’t exactly difficult, considering that we have played the same starting eleven for the majority of the season. Seeing how we have performed this season, the Team of the Season is an interesting one. So here is my Team of the Season!
During the first half of the season, I firmly believed that Lloris was the best goalie in the league, and it was pretty hard to dispute that. He saved our skins on multiple occasions, putting in performances in goal that I had never seen by a Tottenham keeper probably ever and probably will ever see. He played as well as you could when you have Younes Kaboul and Federico Fazio in front of you. Sometimes the rumors of his departure have clouded over his fine season, but there is no doubt that he could stay on for another season and help Spurs to the Champions League.
Walker is only in this side simply because the usual Spurs Right Back is going into Centre Back. Kyle hasn’t had the best of seasons, but he did well enough in his time in the side to remind fans why he is potentially one of the best in the country. His blistering pace still is a huge factor to his game, and I think it could be worth a try moving him up slightly to right wing, I mean it worked for bale didn’t it?
We all know that Vertonghen can be a top class defender, and even one of the best in the league, but this season he wasn’t at his greatest. After a fantastic World Cup with Belgium, the man known affectionately as ‘SuperJan’ came back and played well alongside many Centre Back partners, which wasn’t exactly the best for him, as Fazio, Chiriches, Kaboul and Dier had all played alongside Vertonghen at least once, but once he found his stable partnership with Dier, both players played well, with Vertonghen playing his usual relaxed style. Next season, I look forward to seeing Vertonghen and Dier play together net season.
Coming in from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, he made the perfect start to his career by scoring a last minute winner against West Ham, and then scored in the 4-0 home win against QPR. Throughout the season, Dier progressed well, occasionally playing Right Back and Centre Back, and close to earning an England call up. If we continue to develop Dier and his partnership with Vertonghen, the we could potentially have a top class defensive partnership for the first time since the days of King and Dawson.
At the start of the season, I personally raised questions on whether we should even keep Rose, let alone play him. We had signed Ben Davies, why would we need another Left Back? Well, I was wrong wasn’t I? He has probably been one of the best performers for us in the entire season, bombing up the left hand side on multiple occasions, and playing one of the games of his life in the 2-1 win against Arsenal. If we managed to keep hold of him in the summer, then we have a good chance of having a great back line, and exciting Full Backs.
If you have read any of my other pieces, you will know that I’m not exactly the biggest Ryan Mason fan. But regardless, Mason has played well on occasion in our midfield, and pretty much bossed the North London Derby as well as good performances in the Capital One Cup. His partnership with Nabil Bentaleb in the center of midfield has been one of the highlights of the season, as well as giving the fans a partnership that has developed from our youth system. I just hope that Mason can prove me wrong next season and be a superb player that wont divide opinion amongst our supports.
One of the stars of the season, Bentaleb has been superb from the start of the season, putting in controlling and tough performances, and earning a starting place in the Algerian National team. We all recognize his talent, and his ability to cut open defenses, but also the subtle way that he controls the game with his style. It really is refreshing to see a midfielder for Tottenham be happy with simple sitting in the midfield and not get carried away with the attacking side of the game.
When he started this season, he was another one of the signings from the previous season that left a lot of doubts in the minds of all of us. But this season, despite his consistency issues that I have mentioned many times, he has reached double figures in the goal charts. I have enjoyed his performances this season, and his fascination with Dolphins has been a great part of our season. Hopefully in his 3rd season of English football, he can be one of our most vital players.
Another player who gets in for the simple fact he has played so much this season. I wouldn’t say I’m not a Lamela fan, but his whole season has been frustrating to say the least. You know that there is something special in the guy, but for whatever reason he never seems to play as well as you know he can. With Pochettino seeming like he wants to keep him, this should be enough to give Lamela some confidence, but lets wait and see shall we?
Now, it would be virtually impossible to make a Tottenham Team of the Season without Christian Eriksen in it. He made a name for himself with his late goals and fantastic free kicks. His brace against Sheffield United in the second leg of the Capital One cup was a great moment in the season for the club as it sent us to Wembley and spawned a hilarious song. He can sometimes be a victim of the consistency issue that plagues Chadli, but when Eriksen plays, he is one of the best in the league.
The hero of the season, simply put. He is one of our own, as the song goes, and the 31 goals in all competitions has put him as the hottest English player In the country. Kane has provided everyone with great moments in the season, whether it be his England debut, his brace against Chelsea or the amazing header against Arsenal, which caused me to turn to my girlfriend, pick her up and get hugged by some bald bloke behind me. Lets all hope that this season continues into next season, and maybe he could add a trophy to his Spurs career?