Are Tottenham Hotspur being taken seriously this season?

Tottenham Hotspur Re Generation

Tottenham are not a side fancied to finish in the top four, but could they spring a surprise?

The Premier League season kicks off this weekend, with Tottenham facing a tough task as they visit Old Trafford.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have had a low key summer, and at present do not appear to be considered as a favourite to land a top four spot.

Pundit Alan Shearer did not even give Spurs a mention in his Sun column predicting the top four, while Stan Collymore told The Mirror he expects Tottenham to finish seventh, behind Swansea City.

Tottenham last finished in fourth in the 2011/12 season, a campaign in which they were cruelly unrewarded with a Champions League place due to Chelsea winning the trophy.

Last year they finished in fifth place, but at present there appears to be a perception that they have not done enough to challenge the established elite.

Spending

Spurs have bought three players this summer, all defenders, and still lack a credible alternative to Harry Kane up front. Even the wide positions need improvement with Aaron Lennon expected to leave and Andros Townsend failing to convince last season.

This is in context of Arsenal addressing a key deficiency in their side by signing Petr Cech, and Manchester City and Manchester United making big money signings in Raheem Sterling and Memphis Depay.

Even Liverpool who lost Sterling, have been on a spree of their own, with Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke notable additions.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for his late deals, but once again this could do Spurs few favours on the pitch early on. Until they sign a quality alternative to Harry Kane, it is hard to see them being taken seriously as a challenger for a top four spot.

Advantage?

Mauricio Pochettino is clearly a man with a plan, and fixing Spurs' leaky defence was necessary after inconsistent performances last season. It is also important that they have kept goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

If Spurs are flying under the radar that does not necessarily have to be perceived as a bad thing, as it may temper expectations amid a very competitive division, and help his aims of building a successful side in the long-term.

Just because they are not spending big money, does not mean they will not spring surprises on the pitch, and if Spurs triumph at Old Trafford next weekend, then they will have to be taken seriously.

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