Last season, Son Heung-min’s club Tottenham had one of the worst seasons ever. They finished eighth in the Premier League and missed out on European competition this season. Conte was sacked mid-season and the team was managed by an acting manager. Fans even called for the manager’s departure at the end of the season. The crisis-ridden Spurs have reorganized under new manager Enze Postecoglou and begin their preseason campaign this afternoon against West Ham. The new boss is off to a strong start in Australia, where he also took charge of the national team, but there are still plenty of concerns.
- Harry Kane’s potential departure
Harry Kane’s departure is the hottest topic of the summer transfer window. After failing to qualify for the Europa League and Conference League, let alone the Champions League, Kane may have lost interest in the team. The mural in Australia, where Tottenham are playing their preseason, features the manager and Son Heung-min, but the absence of their signature player has left Spurs fans anxious. With Lewandowski’s departure, Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with a move for Kane, and the Bavarians are capable of challenging for the league title and the top spot in the Champions League. Kane has yet to lift a trophy with Tottenham. It’s good that Son Heung-min has dismissed speculation of a move to Saudi Arabia, but Spurs would lose a pillar of their team if Kane left. The Brazilian striker, Tottenham’s second most expensive signing in club history, scored just one league goal last season.
- New manager without ‘big league’ experience a ‘risk’
Postecoglou was previously with the Australian national team, where he implemented Guardiola’s soccer philosophy to win the 2015 Asian Cup (runner-up was South Korea). He has been dubbed a “championship hitman” in the past, having led the Yokohama Marinos to the J-League title and Scottish Celtic to a treble last season. However, Pochettino has yet to manage a big league club and this season will be his true test. Tottenham players have played under some of the world’s greatest managers, including Pochettino, Mourinho, and Conte. Mourinho has been a constant motivator for his star players, as seen in this Amazon Prime documentary. What will the new manager’s new season look like?
- Is there a solution to the woeful defense?
Tottenham self-destructed last season with a defense that conceded 63 goals in 38 games. That was nearly double the number of goals conceded by leaders Man City and fourth-place Newcastle (33). The Spurs defense was a bit of an “automatic door,” with Sanchez and Tanganga being touted as potential departures, and Langelet returning to Barcelona on loan. Spurs’ goalkeeper, Yoris, is also expected to leave the club. Spurs are in desperate need of a defender, but so far, 카지노사이트킴 negotiations have stalled. Spurs were the only team in the Premier League to concede more than 60 goals from 1st to 14th place last season.
London rivals Chelsea have sold their surplus resources to Saudi Arabia, leaving them with plenty of money to spend in the rest of the transfer window. Arsenal, who face Tottenham in a ‘North London derby’, will be looking to add Declan Rice and Haberz to form a top-notch midfield alongside existing Ödegaard. Liverpool also brought in two quality midfielders in Soboslaj and McAllister. Tottenham brought in Maddison to synergize with Kane, but their woes are only getting deeper as they could lose their iconic player.