It’s been another year of highs and lows for Tottenham but what has been the most defining moment of 2013 for Spurs?
North London derby win
Back in March everything was going swimmingly for Tottenham who beat Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane to win the bragging rights of the North London derby. Spurs were far superior to the Gunners, catching them on the counter-attack with some poor defending and goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon ensured Andre Villas-Boas’ side took all three points sending Arsenal further into their negative spiral.
Gareth Bale sale
Undoubtedly the best player of 2013 and the whole 2012/13 season was PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award winning Gareth Bale. The Welshman was simply astonishing for Spurs last season with his tally of 26 goals in all competitions but that still wasn’t enough to clinch a top four spot ahead of Arsenal and the transfer saga of the summer ensued as Real Madrid relentlessly pursued the Spurs midfielder.
In the end Spurs settled for a world record transfer fee as consolation for losing their best player for £85.3 million. Subsequently Tottenham brought in seven new players this summer at White Hart Lane bringing with them the optimism that losing Bale and reinvesting in the squad would improve Spurs in the long run.
However, things didn’t go quite to plan and Spurs’ start under Andre Villas-Boas this term was far from smooth. After spending over £100 million on new signings, club chairman Daniel Levy decided enough was enough after their disastrous 5-0 defeat by Liverpool at White Hart Lane and on December 16th the club announced the Portuguese coach had left by ‘mutual consent’ just hours after expressing his desire not to quit the Lane.
Fans favourite and former Spurs player Tim Sherwood took charge of the reigns and after signing an 18-month contract let’s hope he’s the man to take Tottenham forward in 2014. Ultimately, I think the Bale sale and the subsequent new arrivals this summer define Spurs' year but, looking into the future, I do believe there is plenty of reason for optimism as there is a huge amount of quality and depth in the squad as a result.
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