Despite finishing a position lower in the Premier League last season than the year before, Tottenham has improved statistically. 72 points is the best total the North London side has ever had in the Premier League era. But have they really improved?
Losing players like Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Ledley King was a massive blow to Tottenham. Modric and van der Vaart were key to Spurs’ creativity, and Ledley King was consistently crucial at the back, when fit that is.
Where Tottenham aren’t as strong as they were in the 11-12 season is goal-scoring. For almost all but the final few months of that season, it looked like they could score on every attack. They could score goals from any play, and were defensively sound for months.
In the 12-13 season, however, Tottenham’s best form came away from home, as Spurs had real difficulty breaking teams down at White Hart Lane. Of course other teams deserve credit for that, but they dropped points at home to Norwich, West Brom, Wigan, Stoke and Fulham among others, which isn’t good enough.
Where Tottenham did improve, was in defense. In years gone by, I don’t believe Tottenham could have held out at Old Trafford for their historic 3-2 win against Manchester United.
Tottenham garnered more points last season that the previous but finished a spot lower — a clear indication of the top team’s superiority. Tottenham now must look to get some of that fire they lacked last season back for next term, and they should have a big budget and Gareth Bale to do it with.