To coin a phrase from the NFL, each team has a championship window and in spurs’ case that window appears to be diminishing. With yet another semi final defeat, it is another season which will end without a trophy.
Similar to the Juventus game it all started so well, but once Spurs suffered the set back of the equaliser they looked devoid of attacking ideas and Utd ran out clear and deserved winners.
The most worrying aspect of the defeat was Pochettino’s remarks about the future being “with him or another. ”
I don’t doubt that he will be there at the start of next season but this was the first indication that Pochettino was sending a message to his chairman.
Pochettino, has been a dream appointment for Levy. He has returned Tottenham to the top 4, has overseen vast improvement and has done this on a shoe string of a budget in comparison to his rivals.
However what Pochettino has also done is given Tottenham fans a taste of competing at the top end of the league and it’s a feeling Spurs fans don’t want to lose.
This season has shown that they are a team that on their day can compete and beat the very best, but are still a little way off from being touted as genuine contenders.
Spurs want to be seen as winners but the infrastructure of the club is still that of a club that would hope to win the odd cup here or there rather than be challengers year in and year out.
To make that next step , will they buy or even try to compete to sign genuine world class talent? No.
What they will do is continue to be savvy and hope Pochettino can work his magic with another band of rough diamonds. Names banded about like Evans and Rodriguez hardly indicate a willingness to buy top rate talent.
It will also be interesting to see if Levy comes good on a promise to get his business done early – giving Pochettino a full pre season with his signings rather than nervously waiting by the phone with two minutes of the window to go.
Will Spurs fight tooth and nail to try and keep hold of their best talent? Again. No.
Toby Alderweireld is already on his way out – our best defender. We have probably seen the last of Danny Rose in a Spurs shirt and I fear Spurs will do very well to keep hold of Dembele and Eriksen.
Will Spurs start paying their players so that they are on a parity with their top 4 rivals? Potentially.
If the rumours are true, Kane is due to sign a bumper new deal that will see Spurs smash through their existing wage barrier. Alli, Eriksen and Pochettino himself have all been rumoured to follow.
But, what must be disheartening for the players is to see themselves operating at a high level but not get the rewards that players from other lesser performing clubs are getting.
The sad fact is, that a guy like Jonjo Shelvey, is probably earning more than most of the current Spurs squad. That simply has to change.
If we want Spurs to become winners then surely we have to pay them like it?
Like the majority of Spurs fans – Pochettino’s comments about the FA cup in the build up to Saturdays match were concerning. Yes, we all want Spurs to win the league and champions league but surely before we make that leap we have to know what winning titles feels like? The fans are desperate for some sort of silverware. For all the crowing from pundits and fans about the great style of play, we need something tangible to show for it. Pochettino might downplay the significance of winning the league and FA Cups but realistically this is what Tottenham should be aiming at. To win the league or champions league is still a very lofty target, one that needs sizeable investment and the addition of world class players. Something I think that Levy and co will be unwilling to pay top dollar for.I feel that Spurs have one or two more years at trying to achieve something big with this talented group. However this squad needs to be supported by the board. Now is the time for them to make a decision. With real solid investment, Spurs could try and make the leap. I feel that we are close to something special. However, if the model continues as it is, I only feel the task will get harder and harder. It is clear that Spurs are a hungry bunch, desperate to win. But Levy must now realise that although Spurs have been fantastic for the last few years what they have isn’t quite enough. We could be on the verge of something really special or alternatively if things don’t change we could find ourselves back at square one.
Daniel, its over to you.