January Expenditure Could Be Crucial For Tottenhamís Season
If 2019 wasnít a great year for Tottenham Hotspur on the domestic front, any hopes of a change in fortunes in 2020 didnít get off to a great start with a 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Yearís Day.
To make matters worse, Harry Kane suffered a torn hamstring against the Saints and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
There was also a yellow card for Jose Mourinho for arguing on the touchline with Southamptonís goalkeeping coach and after the game the recently appointed manager claimed that, "the work is not about buying, it is about working with the players on the pitch", with reference to the January transfer window. ďHappy New Year!Ē (Click here to check out Spurs Transfer dealings)
The loss at St. Maryís indicates that a cure for Tottenhamís travel sickness has still to be found. After starting 2019 with wins on the road at Cardiff City and Fulham, Tottenham they went on to win just two of 16 Premier League games (including 10 defeats) on their travels during the rest of the year.
The squad grew increasingly stale under Mauricio Pochettino, but the anticipated departures of the likes of Christian Eriksen, Serge Aurier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Victor Wanyama over the summer failed to materialise.
Unfortunately, that hasnít helped the club this season, with a perceived lack of commitment in certain quarters ultimately leading to Pochettinoís departure.
There were a few incomings in Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon, but injuries havenít helped them settle.
No Way Jose!
The suggestion from Mourinho that Daniel Levyís going to rein-in any spending in January isnít going to go down well among the Spurs faithful. The club invested £1.2 billion on the stadium complex and a further £30 million training ground, but there now needs to be a team worthy of that vast expenditure.
With Mourinho being a very different manager in terms of style of play to Pochettino, itís difficult to believe that he doesnít want to revamp the squad, particularly on the defensive side (with the club crying out for full-backs in particular). A couple of new recruits could at least give the supporters something to get excited about.
Top 4 Target
Despite the poor form, there is still plenty to play for this season. A top four Premier League finish certainly isnít out of the question, with the likes of bet365 and Betfair offering betting odds of 4/1 on the possibility of Spurs securing Champions League football next season via the Premier League.
Tottenham also has an FA Cup tie away to Middlesbrough (Jan 5th), from which they will certainly expect to progress. At the time of writing they are 15/2 at Betfair, Betway and a couple of other bookies to lift the FA Cup this season.
The FA Cup is always a favourite with Spurs fans and there are always plenty of free bets and betting promotions of offer at https://www.freebets.co.uk/ for those looking to have a bet.
Champions League Draw
In the Champions League, a last 16 draw against RB Leipzig is far from easy, but it could have been worse. Tottenham are very marginal favourites to qualify from the tie ahead of the current Bundesliga table-toppers at 4/5 with bookies such as bet365, Betfair and Coral.
The fact that Tottenham are the favourites in the tie has to be partly down to the fact that Mourinho has a bit of history when it comes to the Champions League, but unless Levy provides support in the January transfer window for at least a couple of new signings, itís difficult to be terribly optimistic for the months ahead.