Five things learned from Tottenham’s season so far: Pochettino, Levy & more

Five conclusions from a 'same old' season at White Hart Lane - but one that has shown signs of progress.

Defensive woes continue

As another Tottenham Hotspur campaign draws to a close, the same old failings are haunting the north London side.

The positives have been plain to see: Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane and spells of brilliance from Christian Eriksen, Nabil Bentaleb and more. But, at the back, Spurs have endured another nightmare season.

So bad was Younes Kaboul earlier this term that the man Mauricio Pochettino initially named captain simply lost his place in the side completely. Now, his successors are struggling, too. Federico Fazio has looked underwhelming but could return to the Tottenham line-up thanks to recent shakiness from Eric Dier.

The worst culprit by far, however, has been Kyle Walker.

Pochettino must be backed

As such, boss Pochettino needs backing in the summer transfer market. Chairman Daniel Levy needs to work closely with his manager and identify exactly what needs to be done - enough with listening to anyone but the most important man when it comes to transfers.

A new right-back is essential (even when DeAndre Yedlin is deemed ready to feature for Spurs) and a striker to partner/rotate with Kane. Midfield could also do with strengthening, while Tottenham are seriously lacking out wide and realistically also need a centre-back.

At the same time… summer clearout

There should be plenty of funds to back a summer spending spree, of course, as a number of Spurs stars simply aren’t good enough at the moment.

However realistic or unrealistic the prospect of getting them off the books would be, Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Etienne Capoue barely feature for Tottenham anymore, while the likes of Mousa Dembele, Andros Townsend (England heroics aside!), Roberto Soldado and many more continually underwhelm.

Looking closer to home works

When it comes to new signings, though, one thing the 2014-15 season has proved is that Tottenham can achieve great success by looking inward. Kane was on the books for years at White Hart Lane and is now joint-top scorer in the Premier League, while Ryan Mason also made his first-team breakthrough this term.

Plenty more talent exists within the Spurs ranks, including Josh Onomah, who made his debut for the first team this campaign. A certain Alex Pritchard is also promising a huge amount while out on loan at Brentford.

Same old - but progress

Overall, then, it’s been a mixed season so far for Tottenham but certainly one of progress. With eight games to go in the Premier League campaign, it looks unlikely Spurs will finish in the top four - though you never know.

The same flaws have troubled the north London club, despite being taken charge of by a new man in Pochettino. The Argentine himself has shown weaknesses in his lack of a Plan B and inability to sort his defence.

Tottenham, however, have reached a cup final this term and, for a large part of the season (and still) have at the very least been in contention for a Champions League place. That’s certainly a step forward - however small.

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