It’s been another year of highs and lows for Tottenham but what has been the most defining moment of 2013 for Spurs?
North London derby win
Back in March everything was going swimmingly for Tottenham who beat Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane to win the bragging rights of the North London derby. Spurs were far superior to the Gunners, catching them on the counter-attack with some poor defending and goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon ensured Andre Villas-Boas’ side took all three points sending Arsenal further into their negative spiral.
Gareth Bale sale
Undoubtedly the best player of 2013 and the whole 2012/13 season was PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year award winning Gareth Bale. The Welshman was simply astonishing for Spurs last season with his tally of 26 goals in all competitions but that still wasn’t enough to clinch a top four spot ahead of Arsenal and the transfer saga of the summer ensued as Real Madrid relentlessly pursued the Spurs midfielder.
In the end Spurs settled for a world record transfer fee as consolation for losing their best player for £85.3 million. Subsequently Tottenham brought in seven new players this summer at White Hart Lane bringing with them the optimism that losing Bale and reinvesting in the squad would improve Spurs in the long run.