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Off The Shelf : Getting Spurs’ nearly-rans to push on

10 August, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

SPURS have been there or thereabouts in the past two seasons – but can Mauricio Pochettino and his charges handle the twin threats of big spending rivals bolstering their squads, and playing at Wembley, and mount a title challenge?

Expecting a big season from: Kieran Trippier. It was a gamble to let Kyle Walker go, considering Poch loves a buccaneering wing back. Trippier has always looked solid when given the chance, but now he must show that the sale of his rival was good business.

Shape up or ship out: Moussa Sissoko. Possibly the worst signing Spurs have made in recent years. Sissoko was handed a start against Juventus in pre-season and, despite a few erratic moments, generally impressed.

Can he still win back the fans and earn a regular starting berth?

Dilemmas of the dug out: Financial frustrations. With talk of a lot of silly money being bandied about, how can Poch truly improve the squad at a time when cash is tight? He will have to carefully blood youngsters to fill in the holes – and make sure not to run the first XI into the ground.

A good season’s end: Champions League qualification is the bare minimum. To keep the brightest players happy, it must be another top-four finish. And after seven straight FA Cup semi-final defeats surely it’s high time we won the Grand Old Trophy, especially while we’re at our temporary home.


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