3 reasons why Spurs fans should be excited for 2016-17

After what feels like an eternal summer break, Premier League football kicks off this weekend with Spurs in action against Everton at Goodison Park today. The 2016-17 season looks to be the tightest to call with many believing that up to 7 teams are within a shout of claiming league glory.

Article by Harvey Simpson @hotspur_huddle

Tottenham have yet again gone under the radar, with the media being drawn to the huge sums being paid for the likes of Xhaka, Pogba, Sane and Stones. I would argue that it might actually suit us being forgotten by the media, as it allows the team to solely focus on the football rather than be concerned about what different news outlets are reporting. As we head into the 2016-17 season, I have highlighted three reasons why we as Spurs fans can be excited as we approach the beginning of Pochettino’s third season at the helm of our club.

A settled squad

Mauricio Pochettino made certain that the club completed their transfer business early in the summer window to allow for new players to feel at home and settled before the start of the new campaign. This can only be beneficial for the team as they will already know how Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama play and what they bring to the team. It has also given the coaches time to work with the new players and ensure they fully understand the philosophy that Pochettino likes to employ. Furthermore, completing transfers early in the window allows the new players to work on their fitness levels so they will be ready to play with the same intensity as the rest of the squad.

Champions League football at Wembley

Spurs fans can look forward to some magical nights in the Champions League as they once again join Europe’s elite in the treasured competition. With the current stadium due to close shortly, some fans were disappointed that we wouldn’t see any more ‘Glory, glory nights’ at White Hart Lane. While understandable we have to consider the future of our club and a new stadium is a necessity considering the huge number of Spurs fans on the season ticket waiting list. It is only the second time that we will grace the Champions League and one that we as fans will treasure.

The atmosphere at Wembley looks like it will be magnificent considering that the stadium nearly sold around 41,000 tickets within a day of Spurs allowing One Hotspur members to purchase Group Stage Multi-Game Tickets. This indicates the unrivalled support Tottenham Hotspur have; 3 matches at the largest stadium in the UK practically sold out in a day without knowing our opponents and with the dates yet to be fully confirmed. The stage is set for some more ‘Glory, glory nights’ in European competition – let’s hope the lads can deliver. 

Shrewd transfer business

Pochettino has completed some excellent transfer business this summer. He hasn’t spent carelessly but signed cautiously, ensuring that the incoming players will be able to fit in with his fast, attacking and pressing style of play. Wanyama will most likely make his debut against Everton considering that Mousa Dembele is suspended and Janssen will most likely be on the bench, meaning we may catch a glimpse of what the young striker can bring to our club in the latter stages of the game. The squad didn’t need a complete overhaul but needed strengthening in key areas; Pochettino has addressed those areas and Spurs are looking solid as we head into the new season. COYS!

What do you think? Do you think we should be excited as we head into 2016-17? Let me know your thoughts either in the comment section below or send me a tweet @Hotspur_Huddle

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