We are approaching the end of the season and with only five games left to play and our season more or less over, it’s time to look at the Summer ahead which awaits us. It has been yet another disappointing season for Tottenham as we failed to reach the Champions League for the third season on the trot. We’ve lost to North London Rivals, Arsenal, three times this season and failed to record a win against any of the ‘big boys’ in the Premier League. Some things will have to change and they need to happen this summer in order for us to reach the Champions League next year and have a successful season filed with entertaining football and memorable moments – something we have severely lacked in the past 9 months.
Appointing Louis van Gaal:
For the past few months, several newspapers, websites and journalists have piled up numerous of stories stating that the Dutch manager will be appointed by Daniel Levy to resume head coach duties from the beginning of the 2014/15 season. Current Spurs manager, Tim Sherwood, looks set to be relieved of his managerial duties by Daniel Levy at the end of the season and this brings more fire to the flame to the Louis van Gaal stories. With the stories in the newspapers picking up pace and his appointment looking imminent, Daniel Levy cannot afford to mess this piece of business up. Louis van Gaal’s CV speaks for itself. He has won a trophy in every season for any club which he took charge of in the past. A truly stunning record. His list of honours include 11 trophies which he has triumphed during his time at Ajax – three of them being the Eredivisie trophy. During his short stay at European giants, FC Barcelona, he won the La Liga twice and the UEFA Super Cup once in 1997. He has a mindblowing managerial record and we would be more than stupid to refuse appointing him as our manager. He seems like the type that would bring the entertaining football that we were all once familiar with under the reign of Harry Redknapp, back to White Hart Lane. I’d have him in our club in a moments notice. You just need a glance at his CV to see how much success he can bring to our club.
Keeping a Hold of Hugo Lloris:
Keeping a hold of Hugo Lloris will be on the very top of our ‘to do’ list this Summer. Our French International goalkeeper has been one of very few Spurs players that have gave 100% almost every minute he played for us. He’s pulled of a series of world class saves against Newcastle United when we saw them off 0-4 at St. James’ Park and a stunning save to deny Sergio Agüero when Manchester City visited the Lane in January. He’s recently been linked with a big money move to Real Madrid. The Spanish Giants have purchased two of our main players in Luka Modric and then more recently, Gareth Bale. I for one won’t hold a grudge against Hugo Lloris if he is to leave us in the Summer as he has played with all his heart and gave everything he had left in the tank for us. In all fairness, a player of his calibre deserves to lift trophies every year and win major honours. If he does end up staying with us for at least another season, he should be given the captain’s armband and an improved contract by Daniel Levy. Hopefully if he does choose to stay at Spurs for one more season, we will reward him by winning a trophy next year and making it into the Champions League.
Obviously we will have to buy new players this Summer in order to strengthen our squad ahead of the new season and add more firepower to it, but we’ll have to make the correct transfers this summer in order to make a serious charge for a trophy and Champions League football next season. A player that has very recently been linked with a summer move to Tottenham is Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian International is currently on loan to Everton and seemingly as his parent club, Chelsea, no longer require his services, he’s been linked to a summer move across London to Tottenham Hotspur. In my opinion, Lukaku is just what we need at the Lane – a young striker that knows how to score at the top level. A proven Premier League goal scorer and has a lot of potential. If Chelsea do allow us to buy him, I think we should really go for it and sign him up as soon as we can or other clubs will nick him from underneath our nose. Another player that has also been linked with us is FC Dnipro’s star player, Yevhen Konoplyanka. He was Dnipro’s stand out player this season and against Spurs over the course of the two legs in the Europa League. The FC Dnipro president revealed that he is in ‘advanced talks’ with Daniel Levy and all there left to complete is Konoplyanka agreeing to the move. Huge transfer for us in prospect. One last position which we must strengthen is the left back position – arguably our weakest position this season. It’s not a confirmed rumour, but I’d love to see us go after Fábio Coentrão from Real Madrid. The Portuguese is believed to be unhappy at Real Madrid as he doesn’t get too many minutes on the pitch. If we do go in for him in the summer, there will be a good chance that we can land him if we put in a good offer. We shouldn’t make too many purchases this Summer as we did last year. We should only go after two or three players that will bring something new to the team and something that we will benefit from.
Hopefully if this all goes through, we will be in for an amazing 2014/15 season filled with amazing football and scintillating moments to remember. Hope you enjoyed reading this. Feel free to comment below what you believe we need to do in order to shape up for the new season.