Premier League Final Position: 5th
Tottenham Hotspur finished the 2014/15 season in 5th and once again missed out on Champions League football, but there are plenty of positives for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. They improved on last season’s position of 6th and have a good foundation to build upon. They picked up some great wins in the campaign but also had some low points. It was ultimately their inconsistency and distraction of the Europa League which cost their chances of finishing in the top four.Embed from Getty Images
Beating Chelsea 5-3. This is one for the Spurs fans to treasure, beating one of their biggest rivals and the eventual champions. A game where they could have easily crumbled going 1-0 down early on, Pochettino’s side came back in great spirit and showed they have the ability to mix it with whoever comes to White Hart Lane.
Losing to 3-0 to Manchester United. This result is arguably the killer in their hunt for Champions League football. Conceding three first half goals simply isn’t good enough and again, showed their inconsistency.
Player of the Year
Harry Kane – what can be said about this young man that already hasn’t? Kane has had a superb season and it looks like Spurs have a real talisman for time to come. He became the first Spurs player to hit 30 goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1992. Finishing as runner-up to Sergio Aguero for the Golden Boot shows what a great season he had and his tally of 21 goals in 34 league games is impressive. With all the great talking points said, Kane must continue to improve next season and prove to any doubters that he can provide on a regular basis.
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Queens Park Rangers (Aug 24, 2014)
Tottenham Hotspur 0-3 Liverpool (Aug 31, 2014)
Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Oct 18, 2014)
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Dec 3, 2014)
Manchester United 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Mar 13, 2015)
Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (May 9, 2015)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
Spurs have to strengthen their squad. They have a number of players who they need to release and bring in some more experienced, high-quality European stars in order to break into the top four. Pochettino needs to ensure his side stop losing games they expect to win, which again comes back to inconsistency. Spurs have to build upon winning big games like the 5-3 against Chelsea and the North-London derby at home in February. Goal difference is a problem for Spurs, scoring just 58 goals and conceding 53 is not good enough. If Pochettino can solidify his defence and keep hold of Hugo Lloris he has a great chance of improving for the second season on the bounce.