When Tottenham Hotspur finished second behind unexpected champions Leicester City in the Premier League race in 2015/16, they missed a golden opportunity to secure their maiden Premier League title. Over the past 15 years, the north London club has boasted several elite world-class players in their primes – including the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min to name a few.
However, in spite of their incredibly talented rosters in years gone by, that hasn’t translated to the ultimate success. That begs the question, with their key man Kane having been linked with various clubs domestically and overseas for the past couple of years, is the shelf life on this current squad’s chances of overcoming the hump rapidly approaching? That is a strong possibility, which is why their 2022/23 campaign is of such grave importance.
Thankfully for Tottenham fans, their side has begun the season well, securing 17 points from a possible 21 to sit third in the table at the conclusion of September’s fixtures – just a point shy of league leaders Arsenal and behind reigning champions Manchester City on goal difference.
For those who are fond of a football accumulator, their early season form has garnered them odds of 14/1 to take out the Premier League this season. That’s good for fourth favourite, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal ahead of them in the betting lines.
Opening the season with a dominant 4-1 triumph over Southampton, they followed that performance up with a resilient display against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Down 2-1 with less than a minute remaining in stoppage time, Kane headed home the equaliser to salvage a crucial draw away from home.
They largely continued that strong form from that point forward, winning four of their next five fixtures against Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Leicester City – to coincide with a draw at West Ham United. Their most recent 6-2 victory over Leicester was of particular significance, as reigning Premier League Golden Boot winner Son Heung-min bagged a hat-trick to kickstart his goalscoring tally for the season.
Having already managed 17 Premiership points through seven games with Son out of sorts – it bodes well for them moving forward if his performance against Leicester prompts a return to form for the South Korean.
Spurs manager Conte was delighted to see his star striker finally find the back of the net.
“First of all, I’m happy for Sonny, because he needed to score,” he said.
“Then, when we speak, you can tell everything. In the end, a striker has to score because, when you don’t score, the confidence goes down.”
While they are sitting comfortably in the top four at the international break, the next month will act as a decent barometer of Tottenham’s chances of challenging for the league. With a north London blockbuster to kick off their October against top-of-the-table Arsenal, two of the following three weeks’ fixtures subsequent to that include games against the in-form Brighton and Manchester United – all of which are away from home.