Tottenham Hotspur will go into next season feeling bitterly disappointed, even after playing their best football in many years in the Premier League. They found perfect balance and played without fear all season until the crucial last weeks saw the team come short and crumble at the last hurdle of the title run, Spurs lost the title with a week or so to go but they were still determined to finish above arch rivals Arsenal for the first time in 20 years, but after a 5-1 hammering the bragging rights once again remained on the Red side of North London. Mauricio Pochettino has certainly found himself a very good squad, and is adding very good additions on top of keeping his key players, next season will be tougher than ever but I take a look at three players who will be crucial for Spurs going into the new season, and all importantly the Champions League.
1 – Dele Alli
02 February 2015, Tottenham Hotspur signed one of the brightest young prospects for a bargain price of £5 million, the 20-year-old midfielder didn’t link up with the Spurs squad until the following season as he finished the rest of the 2014/2015 season with MK Dons. Last summer everybody thought Alli would be a sporadic first team player or may even go back out on loan, instead, he nailed down a starting position and went on to be one of the best players in England, helping Spurs to their 3rd place finish.
Spurs fans were amazed themselves by the stupendous rise of Alli, he was playing without fear and everything he touched turned to magic in his first prolific season with the club, the fans were raving about Alli’s technique, his skills, his dribbling abilities but his moment of the season for me was his volleyed finish from outside the area against Crystal Palace in January, a goal you can only dream of scoring, a moment in football which will remembered for a long time.
In his breakthrough season, Alli went on to play 33 league games for Spurs scoring 10 goals. His fine form saw him pick up PFA’s Young Player of the Year award, which was thoroughly deserved. Alli is prominent among Tottenham’s brightest hopes, they will be keen to keep him at White Hart Lane for many, many seasons and with his dazzling displays he will certainly help them move in the right direction. His exciting performances caught the eye of former England boss Roy Hodgson and Alli was picked in the final 23 squad to travel to the Euros, which led to be a bitterly disappointing tournament.
Alli’s game, at just 20-year-old is of course not all perfect, in fact he was frustrating to watch at times. He would easily lose his head and kick out at opponents which could see him walking down the tunnel early if he wasn’t careful, his ability to hold onto the ball is his weakest part of his game, he often finds himself in a tangle with 2 or 3 players around him without releasing the ball quick enough, something that needs to be worked on, and quickly.
Alli will once again be instrumental for Spurs next season, and if he can carry on his fine form he will certainly be in the starting 11. At such a tender age he is still learning the game and will only get better, which will please the Tottenham boss.