Aug 10, 2017
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Tottenham: 2017/18 Premier League Season Preview

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The quietest club of any in the Premier League this summer, Tottenham face a real challenge if they are to retain their top four place in 2017/18, let alone reach the heights of their second place finish last season.

The club is yet to make a single signing and has already lost Kyle Walker, meaning that there is plenty of work for Mauricio Pochettino to do before and after the club kick off their campaign against newly promoted Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

How has their summer gone?

This summer has been little short of a disaster for Tottenham. With no new arrivals and none of the team’s dead wood shifted, it is the worst transfer record of any summer in many years so far, with only three weeks until the deadline slams shut.

The £50 million sale of Kyle Walker may have represented good negotiating skills, but with speculation surrounding Danny Rose after a sensational interview with The Sun, Mauricio Pochettino could lose his two first choice full-backs with no sign of a replacement.

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On the field, pre-season defeats to Roma and Manchester City were eclipsed by impressive wins over the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain, as well as Hong Kong club Kitchee SC.

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

The former centre-back has proven himself as one of the Premier League’s most respected managers given his impressive track record both with Southampton and at White Hart Lane. This season could represent his toughest challenge yet though as he seeks to hold together a squad who has lost one key player already this summer.

Improvements in the transfer market are crucial after the flop arrivals of Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen this time last year. Given the club’s lack of activity this summer, it is a concern once again. Though Pochettino is unlikely to shoulder that responsibility, he will have to deal with the consequences.

How could the Spurs line-up this season?

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No change for the Lilywhites. Kieran Trippier will replace Kyle Walker as first choice right-back, with Kyle Walker-Peters likely to deputise if Trippier misses the start of the season through injury. Equally, Danny Rose will be replaced through Ben Davies whilst he overcomes a knee injury.

In midfield and attack, it’s unlikely that Mauricio Pochettino will make any changes unless there is some late movement in the transfer market, which currently seems unlikely.

Who are Tottenham’s best fantasy football options?

It has to be Harry Kane. Tottenham’s top goalscorer and the Premier League golden boot winner for the past two seasons, you cannot ignore the goalscoring ability of the England international. With a World Cup on the horizon, he will be looking to find his best form and avoid injury this season too.

Creative attacking midfielder Dele Alli and goalscoring defenders like Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld are worth a mention, but they can’t compete with the prolific Kane up-front.

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Premier League Verdict

This season could be the most challenging one that Mauricio Pochettino has faced since he moved to the capital. With no signings before the start of the season whilst all the sides around them have strengthened substantially, Tottenham will do well to keep their top four place. Adapting to life at Wembley quickly could be crucial.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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