Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker has told the London Evening Standard he feels the side have kept many of the same qualities despite losing some key players in recent seasons.
The likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale have headed off to Spain to play for Real Madrid, which has caused Tottenham to lose some quality, but Walker believes they have retained values which are important for any team.
“If we can keep getting over that bridge, the gap to the top sides will be smaller and we will be right up there. When you look at how young the team are, I think the future is very bright,” he told the Standard.
“We probably don’t have the big-name players over the past – Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart – but the same desire is there, the same work ethic and, I believe, the same quality.”
Doubtful on the final point, but it’s encouraging that there seems to be a lot of determination in the current squad to drive forward and succeed.
The work ethic has been maintained by current manager Mauricio Pochettino because he demands that all of his players work hard.
One of the noticeable things from any Tottenham performance is how hard the side works to not only retain possession, but in terms of pressing and trying to win it back.
The desire will never go away as long as Tottenham are chasing a Champions League place and there are avenues into that competition for next season.
Walker’s determination and motivation will only serve the club well, especially if it rubs off on other players.