3 key factors that will define where Tottenham finish this season

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on August 9, 2018 in Enfield, England.

Tottenham Hotspur failed to sign a single player this summer.

Mauricio Pochettino manager

Tottenham finished in third position in the Premier League table last season, but following a bitterly disappointing transfer window, do they have any chance of toppling Manchester City this season?

Spurs finished a distant 23 points adrift of Pep Guardiol'a magnificent City side last season, and considering the fact that they failed to strengthen their squad this summer, whilst the Citizens added Riyad Mahrez to theirs, it is hard to make a case for Mauricio Pochettino's men being serious challengers for the title this term.

 

There are some key factors, though, that will play a huge role in making or breaking Tottenham's season... 

Harry Kane staying fit

The 25-year-old is arguably the continent's best out-and-out striker, and he is most definitely Spurs' most important player.

Kane has scored 140 goals in 213 career appearances for Tottenham, and if they are to have any chance whatsoever of toppling City this season, the England international hitman will need to be at his very best for the entirety of the campaign. 

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentine head coach Mauricio Pochettino (L) congratulates his English striker Harry Kane for his hat-trick as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League...

Dele Alli rediscovering his 2016/17 form

The 22-year-old was decent last year, but far from his best, and if Spurs are to challenge Man City this season, the enigmatic midfielder quite simply must rediscover his form from the 2016/17 campaign.

Dele chalked up 22 goals and 13 assists in 50 appearances in all competitions that season, and a return similar to those numbers this time around could make a huge difference for the north London outfit.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli of Spurs have a disagreement during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Bournemouth at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2017 in London,...

Lucas Moura living up to his reputation

The Brazilian arrived at Tottenham on transfer deadline day in January, but he failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Pochettino's side.

Lucas came to England with a big reputation, and he needs to start showing why Spurs brought him to the club.

If he can find a way of producing his very best this season, Pochettino's men have a very good chance of upsetting the odds.

Lucas Moura #27 of Tottenham Hotspur reaches for the ball during an  International Champions Cup match against FC Barcelona at Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in Pasadena, California.

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