Following another below par Spurs performance, it’s becoming harder and harder to comprehend why the club didn’t sign a striker in January. Abbi Summers believes the board needs to be held accountable.
Let’s face it: Spurs finishing in the top four this season was a tough task from the outset. However, long-term injuries to influential players such Harry Kane and, more recently, Heung-Min Son, both of which we’ve become heavily reliant on, have undoubtedly taken their toll.
We now face the rest of the season without both Son and Kane, and you seriously start to wonder where the goals will come from. We’d usually look to our bench for the answer, but with Llorente departing for Napoli six months ago, and both Daniel Levy and ENIC feeling there was no need to sign a replacement, Spurs find themselves in a situation without any experienced strikers capable of filling the void.
Historically – namely last season – we have ridden our luck, securing Champions League football and reaching a European final by being resourceful, innovative, and sometimes, using square pegs to fill round holes.
But despite having good attacking players in Dele, Lucas, Bergwijn and Lamela, turning them into strikers and expecting them to deliver like Kane does is a big ask. It was a massive gamble not signing a striker in January, and one which looks ever more likely to cost the club this season.
I find it astonishing that the board of top six team pushing for European football and beyond thought it was sufficient to have one recognised striker in their ranks going into the season.
While Spurs appeared to have briefly turned a corner, closing the gap between fourth and fifth to just one point prior to last weekend, the lack of target man up top coupled with heavily defensive tactics from Mourinho haven’t proven as effective as initially anticipated.
Ironically, all around the old White Hart Lane were slogans such as 'This game is about glory'. In reality, this game is starting to look a lot more about profit. With just one trophy in over a decade and a board unwilling to back any manager who puts the team in a position where it can go to the next level, I’m struggling to see where the glory is, or where it will come from.
Football is a business, and our club is exceptionally well-run. We keep our wages to a minimum, our books are balanced, and Spurs are now one of the richest clubs in Europe. We have a beautiful stadium and training facilities, and have also managed to assemble a top quality team with some of the world’s best talent over the last five years.
However, for a team with such infrastructure in place, where is the investment from the board on the pitch? Where is the desire to push the club to where it needs to be? Where is the silverware?
All around the old White Hart Lane were slogans such as 'This game is about glory'. In reality, this game is starting to look a lot more about profit.
Pochettino voiced his concerns around this problem, famously saying: “If you want to have a lovely house, maybe you need better furniture.” Our decline, or lack of progress, is clear for all to see, and our journey to the Champions League final last year looks like it merely papered over cracks.
For example, we have almost the exact same starting eleven from back in 2016/17, and while the players are still good, they are all four years older, and void of new ideas – a combination likely to take its toll on any footballer and club.
If only our board would’ve been proactive in selling players at the right time and reinvesting in the team…the potential could have been incredible. Now we face a huge task of rebuilding our squad while remaining competitive and retaining our key players, something which may prove too difficult due to the growing prospect of no European football next season.
Blame the manager and players all you want, but the real blame lies at the door of our board and chairman. There is no doubt ENIC have taken the club to new heights over the last 20 years, moving Spurs on significantly from finishing midtable, but with such improvements comes greater expectation.
The board has undeniably matched our expectations off the pitch. Just imagine what could be if they started to show that desire on it.