Premier League Preview – Can Tottenham Break The Top Four?

There is no denying that Tottenham relied heavily on Gareth Bale last season. The Welshman is, in my opinion, the Premier League’s best player and Spurs will have to keep hold of him to deliver a much craved Champions League place.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas did a great job during his first season in charge, combining a deadly attack with a solid defence. His job will, however, be made a lot easier if the club keeps hold of Bale and recruits another forward. Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor only scored 16 goals between them last season and if Villas-Boas has to do without Gareth Bale, although a deal for Roberto Soldado was done, he should be looking for another frontman. 

AVB has turned Tottenham into a well-drilled side. Jan Vertonghen and Michael Dawson were superb in central defence and if they can both stay clear of injury, Spurs fans shouldn’t have to worry about their team reverting to type and conceding late goals.

If Gareth Bale does leave Tottenham, though, it could be a tough season for the north London club. Bale leaving should not be ruled out and a slow start to the campaign may follow if the likes of Defoe can’t pick his performances up. If indeed he gets a sniff of action, that is.

Prediction: 6th.

Thomas Baxter