Year Formed

1882

Stadium

White Hart Lane

Capacity

36,284
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2015/16

Despite all their cup and European success, and contesting every season of the Premier League, the Premier League title continues to elude Spurs. Last season was as good as it got for the Londoners although 2009/10 and 2010/11 also saw the Lilywhites crack the top four.

 

How they fared last season

A case of what might have been. May 2 will go down in infamy as the moment the title slipped from their grasp. A 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge handed the campaign to Leicester City and Spurs finished 11 points off the pace, made all the worse when they were pipped at the death for second by derby rivals Arsenal.

69
number of goals
scored last season
35
number of goals
conceded last season
0
red cards
72
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

After an encouraging third last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s young squad is poised to grab the prize.

The side is bristling with talent from Golden Boot Harry Kane to wily Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen – who chipped in with the second highest number of assists in the league – Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, and the vastly improved Argentine, Erik Lamela.

The emergence of players such as Eric Dier, 22, and Dele Alli, 20, who notched up 10 goals in his maiden Premier League season and will be better for the 2015/16 experience, underscores why there’s so much excitement surrounding the future of this team.

Last season’s second highest goal tally after Manchester City (71), and among the fewest goals conceded, Spurs head into the new season off a high base.

Argentine Pochettino’s decision to stay at White Hart Lane until 2021 promises continuity going forward as the Lilywhites stand on the cusp of an exciting era

 

Weaknesses

Their moment has passed.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United had shockers by their own standards in 2015/16 and Spurs can’t rely on the big boys falling over again.

An inability to finish off teams, including relegated Newcastle, eventually scuttled their campaign along with a winless final four games.

Hamstrung by 13 draws, Pochettino’s men coughed up eight leads and dropped 18 points.

Star striker Kane’s lacklustre showing at the 2016 Euros, after two big seasons for Spurs, also suggests the league’s top goal scorer is showing signs of fatigue.

Spurs' style, to swarm and unsettle, is demanding on players and with a highly anticipated Champions League campaign also ahead, Pochettino will need to boost his attack and add depth if his side is to sustain a domestic title charge to the final whistle.

 

Formation

Dynamic, attacking football, building from deep with a rapid press. A premium is placed on collective effort and harrying the opposition.

 

Star Player

The big question was whether Harry Kane could back up after a breakout season in 2014/15.

The answer was an emphatic yes.

Kane changed his number from 18 to 10 “to become a club legend” and showed he was well on the way after picking up the Premier League Golden Boot last season with 25 goals.

With heavy expectations on his shoulders, the prolific marksman took a while to get going but finally hit the net in round 7 in a 4-1 come from behind win over Manchester City.

 

Mauricio Pochettino

Manager

Respected for his ability to nurture young talent, the former centreback and Argentina international found his feet quickly in the Premier League – leading both Southampton and Spurs to defining seasons.

After launching his managerial career with La Liga side Espanyol in 2009, Pochettino took Southampton to their then equal best league finish (8th) and highest points tally (55) in 2013/14 before making the switch to White Hart Lane.

In his first season, Spurs lost 2-0 to Chelsea in the 2015 final of the Football League Cup.

He has played a pivotal role in the development of young England stars and in 2014/15 promoted several academy players - Kane, Alli and Eric Dier.