A year after losing their icon, the results of the Spurs’ rebuild are starting to take shape. A loss of this magnitude should have crippled Tottenham, but they’ve righted the ship.
Although strides are made weekly, they are still a year or so away from their final product.

Spurs entered the season in quite a predicament.

A new coach managing his largest project yet with the club’s icon out the door.

At the beginning of the season, it seemed safe to pick the club as likely to miss out on a top European spot. Despite their flaws, both Chelsea and United are projected as safer bets for Europe. With expected inconsistency from a rebuilding side, Spurs will finish the year in a good position.

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Perhaps the best comparison for Postecoglou’s team is Arsenal’s first few seasons under Arteta. Sure, there are promising pieces, but they were a year away from being a year away. While they are certain to face challenges next season, Spurs need to finish in the top four in order to keep this project chugging. 

Spurs missed out on being the next United when Kane left, but the work is far from over. With a year under Postecoglou and a full summer for transfers expect this rebuild to continue excelling.

After their stagnation in the post-Potch years, Spurs needed a rebuild more than most. It felt like the past few years were the club dragging out the need for change out of respect for Kane.

Postecoglou’s appointment all but signaled the end of the Kane era. An unproven manager was handed the reins of the club. Title hopes could never truly materialize; rather, a hard reset was to begin.

One area where the Australians succeeded was building a culture in north London. From his press conferences to interactions with players, the manager prides himself in positivity. He wants to win in London but on his terms.

Fans asked themselves would the Australian be an Arteta or ten Hag? To their delight, the manager profiles more closely to the Spaniard.

No one argues that Postecoglou is a tactical mastermind, but he’s done a fine job thus far. Given the Celtic teams he built, it’s no surprise that this Spurs side is a fun attacking one. While not on the level of Arsenal or City, Spurs scare opponents with pace on the counter with Son striking fear into all defenders.

What is strange is that despite a solid foundation defensively, the team surrenders goals to opponents. It’s hard to discern who is more at fault, the backline or keeper? Vicario struggled all season, but the backline continued to collapse under pressure.

With both peaks and valleys, the Spurs’ rebuild started the new era well. Of course, it’s nowhere near what the vision is, but there’s enough to be optimistic about.

Looking at the summer window, Spurs need to make some interesting choices. For the most part, those revolve around a few key positions. 

While Son continues to play well as the main threat, his best play typically comes from playing alongside another threat. While Richarlison is by no means awful, he’s too inconsistent of a goalscorer to distract attention from the Korean. This also doesn’t necessarily mean they need Kane 2.0; they just need a threat to keep defenses honest.

One of Arsenal’s top targets, Dušan Vlahović, fits this side perfectly. A more traditional target man, the Serbian lives for balls fed to him in open space. Since his move to Juventus, he’s been somewhat inconsistent, but fans argue that it’s largely due to Allegri’s system.

For Vlahović, Spurs are betting that they can still get the talent out of the player. He’s yet to enter his prime and does seem well suited for the Prem.

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As discussed earlier, the goalkeeping side of things for Spurs has been disappointing. Vicario’s shot-stopping metrics, in comparison to peers, are shockingly bad. There’s, of course, a chance that he bounces back next season, but that’s a tough bet.

If Spurs are looking to keep their spending in Italy, Atalanta’s Marco Carnesecchi tops their potential list. Helping the Bergamo side to their best Serie A campaign in a minute, the Italian is yet to reach his prime. Like Vicario, the numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he’s younger and plays better with the ball at his feet.

Tottenham’s summer will likely revolve around two key positions. Neither may be the piece that makes Spurs immediate contenders, but they do open the window for contention.

The rebuild undertaken by Tottenham could have easily gone the way of United. However, while it’s still early, the return continues to be positive.
Perhaps the best way to conceptualize the club’s immediate future is that they are a bit from being a year away.

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