Tottenham may have fallen away at the latter stages after the team were unable to bridge the gap to eventual champions Leicester at the summit, but there is no taking away from what was a fantastic season at White Hart Lane. Coming so close to ending a fifty-five year wait for a league title is testament to the work carried out by Mauricio Pochettino who got the team playing superb football throughout the campaign, and although a few stumbles along the way ultimately proved costly, a lot of progress was made. 2015/2016 may have been a season in which none of the so-called big guns imposed themselves and dominated the top four, but it takes nothing away from the quality that Tottenham showed to put themselves in a wonderful position. It should hopefully provide a benchmark for the team to establish themselves as serious title contenders on a regular basis.
Allowing arch enemies Arsenal to leapfrog us into second in the final stretch was not enough to dampen the spirits at White Hart Lane, as very few expected Tottenham to come so close to winning the Premier League title. Pochettino and the players will not only have gained invaluable experience from what they achieved, but also take away the lessons and come back even stronger in the upcoming 2016/2017 campaign. It is easy to forget that the manager has brought together a relatively young squad packed with talent and ability, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier becoming integral players for club and country through their fantastic rise to prominence.
The level of talent and quality at the manager’s disposal can only provide great encouragement for the fans to believe that Tottenham can establish themselves as a top four team. Although, it could be more difficult than ever before to challenge at a time with Pep Guardiola (City) and Jose Mourinho (United) taking charge in Manchester. Leicester proved that clubs do not need to have a star-studded team and millions in the bank in order to be successful. Showing the right application, desire and work-rate can go a long way to achieving the best results, and Pochettino has a lot of faith in his team to believe they have the quality to go two steps further and win the title.
Playing in the Champions League will be a proud moment for everyone connected with the club, but it remains to be seen how Tottenham will handle competing on four fronts. Trying to replicate the success in the Premier League and become established in Europe will undoubtedly be Pochettino’s priority, and although every fan would love to see the team lift one of the domestic cups, Tottenham are in a strong position to compete for greater prizes. Pochettino has moved quickly to add even more strength in depth, with Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen representing strong signings; there are plenty more irons in the fire, with a deal to sign Marseille winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou close to completion, but although the likes of Nacer Chadli and Ryan Mason may move on to pastures news, finding the right balance between quantity and quality should stand Tottenham in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.
Getting off to a strong start could prove to be important, especially with many of Tottenham’s title rivals making big changes at managerial and player level. Travelling to Goodison Park to face Ronald Koeman’s Everton represents a tough test on the opening day. Back-to-back home games against Crystal Palace and Liverpool could prove challenging, while the following trip to Stoke will not be straightforward either. There are simply no easy games in the Premier League anymore, but if Tottenham show the same application and quality as they did last season, then there is no reason not to feel optimistic about another title challenge.