Tottenham Hotspur season predictions: Kane the key man again but support is required

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Spurs will once again endeavour to grab a top four spot but do our writers think they can compete with their big-spending rivals?

Predicted position: 6th

Some solid defensive acquisitions this summer will not be enough for Spurs to break into the top four next season.

Damien Lucas: A lack of support for Harry Kane costs Spurs any kind of realistic tilt at the Champions League spots as Mauricio Pochetino regrets not bringing in more reinforcements to cope with the demands of the Europa League.

Chris Linnell: Year after year Spurs qualifying quite comfortably for a Europa League place, and this season will be no different. Unfortunately, the Lilywhites simply cannot compete with the top four club’s spending.

Olly Dawes: Year two of Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham reign begins, and the addition of Toby Alderweireld will improve a sometimes shaky defence. Harry Kane needs help in attack, but Spurs should push for the top four.

Matthew Nash: Not seeing much improvement at the club from last term and they were lucky to finish where they did then. A drop-off from Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino will be down the job office.

Che Thomas: Mauricio Pochettino has made some good defensive signings already this summer. Toby Alderweireld is a great buy for Tottenham. A lot of the young players are going to be a little better this time around, a little more experienced, though Harry Kane will do well to replicate his form from last season. Spurs need some backup for him though, while a top-class defensive midfielder wouldn’t go amiss either.

Stephen Pickering: Spurs are well equipped to do well next season, but are still behind the top four in terms of quality in the squad. If Mauricio Pochettino works magic then a top four spot is possible, otherwise a second consecutive fifth placed finish looks most likely. Key player: Harry Kane.

Tim Poole: The best of the rest. Mauricio Pochettino isn’t a top-four class manager but he is still superior to many of his rivals.

Lewis Doe: Same old Tottenham; neither here nor there. Some good performances mixed in with the usual frustration in matches the club should win comfortably.

Freddie Shires: Harry Kane’s struggles to match last season’s production will see Pochettino’s side again fall short of Champions League qualification.

Michael Stevenson: Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier should ease the club’s defensive misgivings while youngsters Dele Alli and Alex Pritchard look set to take the Premier League by storm - the top four will again remain a bridge too far however.

Billy Hawkins: Progress continues, but still lacking in quality to break into the top four

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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