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Eight reasons for Tottenham fans to be happy

first_img 7. The new stadium is around the corner – While it will be heart-wrenching to see White Hart Lane slowly demolished, a brand new 61,000-seat stadium could propel the club even further forward, if they maintain their current trajectory. On Monday evening, supporters looked skyward to the new cranes, which are set to get to work on building their new home and are painted in the club’s colour. The only way may well be up. 5. Eric Dier and Dele Alli can be the spine of the midfield for years to come – Not only is it the best bromance in football, the young England internationals both look likely to forge formidable careers. Dier is a versatile defender-turned-midfielder, who fits the Pochettino system like a glove. His ability to drop deep and form a three-man backline as full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose thunder forward works perfectly, while his ability to break up play and either pass or drive forward with the ball is improving with every game. Meanwhile, Alli’s tremendous debut season has won deserved plaudits, despite a mean streak which can let him down and the odd bit of simulation. The duo are Tottenham’s ‘Bash Brothers’ and could be for some time. 1. It’s a young Tottenham side who will have learned valuable experiences – Click the right arrow for more reasons for Spurs fans to be cheerful… – The likes of Dele Alli (20), Eric Dier and Harry Kane (both 22), Heung-Min Son and Kevin Wimmer (both 23) have all played their parts in Tottenham’s stunning season, and will be able to reap the rewards from the experience of a Premier League title challenge. Lessons will be learnt and they, along with their team-mates, will be ready for another title battle next year, should it arise. 8 8. Tottenham’s style of play is a joy to watch – Leicester City may be about to win the Premier League title but it could easily be argued Spurs play the best football. On the ball, their fast-paced drives forward, skilful interchanges between several players, and smart set-piece routines have left supporters salivating. But off the ball, Pochettino’s side a well-drilled defensive unit who have conceded the least goals in the Premier League. No one more typifies Tottenham’s style than winger Erik Lamela who attacks and defends with the same fervour. 8 3. Harry Kane isn’t a one-season wonder – It was the fear which will have dogged many supporters in the summer. Was Kane the real deal, or would his ability in front of goal diminish in his second full campaign? It turns out the centre forward is very much a star still in the ascendency and as his relationship, on the pitch, with Dele Alli continues to build, there could be more yet to come. The fact he’s one of their own should ward off any transfer bids for at least another season, if not more. 8 8 8 8 6. Toby Alderweireld is a world-class defender – Whisper it quietly, but Ledley King might be facing a fight for the title of Tottenham’s best modern day centre-back. King is still sung about at White Hart Lane – and will be for years to come – but Alderweireld, who seamlessly combines brutish and bullying backline displays with the ball-playing abilities of an elegant playmaker, has the potential to become a hero. If only his name was more fitting for a song. 4. Players will want to play for Mauricio Pochettino – The Argentine’s reputation continues to grow and current Spurs stars are all complimentary about their gaffer, despite the initially gruelling double training sessions. The way he has moulded the team, forged an impressive spirit through handshakes, and improved his charges, will appeal to any players possibly on their transfer wishlist this summer. Tottenham were once nearly men when it came to top transfers, now they look like a team stars will be desperate to sign for. 2. Mauricio Pochettino is helping experienced stars reach their potential – With Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb forming a decent partnership last season, it had looked like Mousa Dembele’s time at Spurs could be coming to an end. Theoretically a technically brilliant performer with a physical presence in midfield, for some reason, the Belgian seemed unable to hit the right note for Spurs. Now, though, the 28-year-old is putting in sensational showings in almost every game and one of the first names on the team sheet. Similarly, Kyle Walker, after injuries and poor form, was struggling to reach his potential and now is showing signs of becoming a top quality full-back. Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom means Leicester City need just three points from their final three games to win the Premier League title.Spurs fans looked disconsolate in the stands at White Hart Lane when the full-time whistle blew, knowing Tony Pulis’ men had pricked their daydream of glory.The players clearly knew their chances of lifting the trophy had all but evaporated. Toby Alderweireld stood motionless for several minutes, while Kyle Walker, following a lung-busting performance, could only crash to the ground.Tottenham old boy Sandro exchanged a heartfelt moment with Jan Vertonghen, arms wrapped around each other in a warm embrace.But, in truth, there was no reason for the players to reflect with any kind of sorrow.These are positive times on the white side of north London and the thrilling showings from Spurs players across the campaign mean it’s great to be a fan of the Lilywhites right now.So, if you’re feeling a little down in the dumps, don’t grumble, give a whistle, and check out our reasons for Tottenham fans to be cheerful… 8 8last_img read more