Tottenham are making strides, but how big?

Spurs have made a solid start to the season and the future looks bright at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s first season in charge of Spurs was always going to be a transitional one, with a large chunk of his squad clearly unsuited to his approach.

Despite this, the Lilywhites managed an impressive fifth place finish and League Cup final outing, and will have their work cut out to top that this season.

That being said, the squad now bears the Pochettino hallmark and confidence is high that big things can be achieved in the not-too-distant future.

Below is a comparison between Tottenham’s eight league results so far this season and the corresponding fixtures from the last campaign:

  Man United (A)  Stoke (H)  Leicester (A)  Everton (H)  Sunderland (A)  Crystal Palace (H)  Man City (H)  Swansea (A) Points Total
2014-15 3-0 1-2 1-2 2-1 2-2 0-0 0-1 1-2 11
2015-16 1-0  2-2 1-1 0-0 0-1 1-0 4-1 2-2 13

The North London club have slowly improved this term, following up an insipid display against Manchester United on the opening day with three successive draws - which really ought to have been wins.

Game five against Sunderland brought about Spurs' first league win and victories against Crystal Palace and Manchester City came next.

Their mini win streak was cut short by Swansea this weekend however, with Pochettino’s men once again sharing the spoils when all three points should have returned to London.

Spurs have gained two more points than they did from the corresponding fixtures last season - scoring two more goals and conceding four less in the process -  and there is reason to be optimistic at White Hart Lane.

The improvements in defence are plain to see and despite individual errors proving costly at times, Spurs still boast the joint best defensive record in the league.

Clashes with the division’s big boys had become a nightmare for Tottenham in recent years - with drubbings and collapses becoming routine - but Pochettino has arrested that and his team are now competitive in every game they play.

Spurs were unadventurous but stable against Manchester United and were at their energetic best against Manchester City - two games which would brought about entirely different scorelines in seasons past.

The feel good factor has well and truly returned to White Hart Lane and if Pochettino and his young stars keep on this upward trajectory - there's no telling where they could end up.

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