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Is Tottenham a club on a mission this summer?

Tottenham Hotspur finished last season campaign in the sixth position after a rocky campaign. The North London based club is in a turbulent transition phase, and Jose Mourinho has stated that his side will have a better and more balanced squad before the summer transfer window closes on October 5. Mourinho is now at his third Premier League club, having managed Chelsea twice and Man United in the past. Mourinho’s third season syndrome at Chelsea and Man United has raised questions among footballing fans across the world as to whether he has lost his unique one tag. However, a strong transfer window could help him prove his doubters wrong. This summer is gradually shaping up to be an essential one for Mourinho and his Spurs side as they look to return to their best following an underwhelming last season. Tottenham has made a fast start to the transfer window, signing three players in Pierre-Emile Hojberg from Southampton, Joe Hart on a free transfer, and Matt Doherty from Wolves. But it seems Tottenham are far from done yet. They need to strengthen defensively following the departure of Jan Vertonghen. The Spurs’ defense also leaked in a lot of goals, which ultimately cost them points last season. One more pressing issue Mourinho will be looking to address this summer is getting a decent backup striker for Harry Kane. Kane is Tottenham’s only recognized first-team striker, and Mourinho must add a few additions in that area to fill this hole in his squad this summer. Mourinho is intent on signing either Josh King or Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. Tottenham is also considering a new winger, and one player who has long been a transfer target is their former player Gareth Bale. Bale is now surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, so it will be a smart move if Tottenham signs him. He is a Champions League winner who has the experience and the winning mentality that Mourinho needs in his team. However, Bale’s huge weekly wages could prove to be a stumbling block.

 

Will Tottenham be top four contenders next season?

Jose Mourinho took over from Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November 2019 to help the club recover from the disastrous start of the 2019-20 campaign. At the time of Mourinho’s arrival, the club was languishing in the 14th position. However, he steered them to a sixth-place finish at the end of the season and secured qualification for next season’s Europa League. Tottenham established itself as top-four regulars under the stewardship of Mauricio Pochettino between 2014 and 2019. So it was a wise decision on the part of Daniel Levy to appoint the Portuguese manager to succeed the Argentine. Mourinho is a natural winner and a man with a strong winning mentality, and that is the sort of manager Tottenham needs going forward. With the kind of signings Mourinho has made so far and the pending ones that he is still negotiating, it is clear to see that he aims to build a strong team that can seriously challenge for a place in the Champions League next season.

Mourinho will also be looking to instill a winning mentality in them. Mourinho’s track record makes him the perfect man to handle this mission. Although he endured a tough spell at Man United that led to his sack, he is still a top-class manager. With the caliber of a manager like Mourinho in the dugout at Tottenham and the squad at his disposal, Tottenham will be a serious top-four contender come next season.

 

What’s next?

One of Mourinho’s immediate concern will also be how to end the trophy drought at Tottenham stretching back to 2008. The most recent time Spurs came closer to winning a trophy was last year when they endured a heartbreaking loss to Liverpool in the 2018-19 Champions League final. As a manager, Mourinho has 25 trophies in his cabinet from his coaching spells at top clubs like Real Madrid, Man United, Chelsea, Inter Millan, and Porto. His trophy-laden record shows that he is the main man to end their trophy drought. The expectation for Mourinho from Spurs fans is a gradual process. Winning the Premier League will be an almighty challenge for him, which cannot happen throughout just a season. The more realistic target, for now, will be a top-four finish, FA Cup, or a Carabao Cup or the Europa League trophy. Mourinho remains optimistic and has assured his Tottenham fans that he is on a mission to ending the trophy drought. Moving forward, one thing Mourinho needs to control is his habit of criticizing his players in the media. If he stops doing that, then Tottenham will have something to cheer about next season.

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