A win today, regardless of the Manchester United score line, would see Tottenham nail down sixth place and qualify for the Europa League yet again. A convincing victory against a lacklustre Aston Villa side saw Tim Sherwood’s men confirm their place in Europe’s second tier, and although it means European competition for a fourth consecutive season, it is not the one they had in mind after a summer spending spree.
An up and down season for Tottenham has seen Andre Villas-Boas sacked, Soldado benched, Defoe sold, Adebayor reinstated and Baldini unseen. Only really Erikson of the seven summer arrivals made an impact, whilst the others always left Tottenham fans wanting more. The departure of Gareth Bale appears to be the main reason why Spurs didn’t push on from last season, as well as big defeats against top teams.
Tim Sherwood has been a breath of fresh air, his passion and honesty has really connected with the fans and although he looks to be on his way, he can be proud of what he has achieved. He took charge of a disheartened squad, and judging on the smiles and positivity at White Hart Lane this afternoon, North London is a happier place compared to what it was under AVB.
Tottenham begin their Europa League campaign on the 31st of July in the 3rd qualifying round, so there needs to be an instant turnaround, and whoevers in charge needs to be instated quickly and needs to build up a team in a matter of months, which is going to be difficult with the World Cup in Brazil over the summer, as prices will inevitably rise, and Levy doesn’t rush into anything!
Overall it’s been a little disappointing; as Champions League was the objective set by Daniel Levy at the start of the season, but hopefully the new players are now settled, and they can really show their quality next season, along with the expected new arrivals.
If someone had told Tottenham fans that they would finish above Manchester United at the start of the season, they would have put their house qualifying for a Champions League spot, but it was just not meant to be. Next season will be just as different, juggling the push for fourth and the Europa League, but their squad has the capability to perform on all fronts, even if they have struggled with that task over the years.
Another season has ended, and it appears to be another missed opportunity for Tottenham, but today’s lively display against Villa has offered hope that the next campaign will be more promising.
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