Tottenham Hotspur face a delicate task this summer as they look to build on their growth to finish next season with some silverware to show for their progress.
Success brings new problems. The last few seasons have seen Tottenham Hotspur go from strength to strength under Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs finished the season as the Premier League’s top scorers and best defense. Two title challenges have fallen painfully short and the emphasis this summer will be to find the players that can tip them over the edge to become a trophy winning side.
There are a number of considerations that make this a very delicate summer. This is a comparatively young squad and the temptation must be there to leave things as they are. The team have already shown they can learn from failure. The disappointment of watching Leicester move out of reach in 2015/16 inspired Tottenham to their best ever Premier League season. Perhaps the same happens again and an untouched first team grows into title winners.
The flip side to that is that they probably have to win it next year. Those title-winning windows pass quickly. It is very possible that if Tottenham were to fall short next season then some of the team’s stars may look to find success at other clubs.
This summer alone has seen big club interest in Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Christian Eriksen. The Manchester clubs would surely love to get their hands on the leading stars Dele Alli and Harry Kane if success does not come quickly.
The question is: Do Spurs stick or twist? Do they trust the current group or do they add a player or two to get them over the hump?
And if they do head to the transfer market can they find the world-class talent that would actually improve an already impressive first team. A tricky problem for Pochettino to ponder.