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Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2023/24 season preview

Another new dawn beckons at Tottenham Hotspur this season as Ange Postecoglou takes charge of the north Londoners in their quest to put last season's timid efforts behind them.

Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Manager: Ange Postecoglou
Captain: Harry Kane
Top league scorer last season: Harry Kane - 30
Last season's position: 8th

Tottenham Hotspur 2023/24 odds


To win the league - 40/1
To finish in Top 4 - 10/3
To finish in Top 6 - 1/1
To finish in Top Half - 1/5
To finish in Bottom Half - 10/3

Tottenham Hotspur's 2022/23 performance

Last season made for fairly grim watching for Spurs fans.

While their north London rivals Arsenal were giving Manchester City a race for the title, Tottenham were stumbling their way to an eighth-place finish, losing 14 times in the league - their highest tally since the 2008/09 campaign.

Skipper Harry Kane did the heavy lifting once more, scoring 30 league goals, but it makes for a rather worrying thought as to how Tottenham would have coped without him, given the uncertainty over his future at the club.

The England skipper did remarkably well considering all around him was essentially malfunctioning.

The highlight came in early February when Kane broke Jimmy Greaves' goal record in a home win over would-be champions Man City.

Six weeks later and, after tossing away a 3-1 lead at Southampton, Antonio Conte signed his own exit papers with an extraordinary post-game rant that attacked everything from his players' mentality to a long-standing culture of underachievement at the club.

Cristian Stellini briefly took charge but, like his fellow Italian, made for the exit as Ryan Mason was left to oversee a limp over the finish line and a failure to even secure any form of European football.

Tottenham Hotspur's 2023/24 prospects

Last season was their worst in many a year, with the poor results only matched by equally poor performances, so Tottenham are building from a low base.

In Ange Postecoglou, they have a manager who is not well known to fans of the Premier League and, perhaps, it is in that relative unknown factor that Spurs' strength now sits.

Expectations outside their own environment will be low enough and there have been some positive signings already in the likes of James Maddison.

Of course, any setting of a bar for expectations at Tottenham this season must be tempered until the 'will he-won't he' saga of skipper Kane's future is brought to an end.

Tottenham Hotspur manager - Ange Postecoglou

Some big names were linked with the Tottenham job at the start of the summer but, one-by-one, they distanced themselves from the post and there were raised eyebrows aplenty when Daniel Levy opted to prise Postecoglou away from Celtic.

Born in Greece, he was raised in Australia and the former Socceroos boss is the first from his nation to manage in the Premier League.

Postecoglou is on record stating he 'loves a rebuild' and that is certainly the challenge in front of him at Tottenham. The playing squad looked to have lost faith in itself towards the end of last season and is in desperate need of some self-belief.

Indeed, the club as a whole needs to find some proper direction.

The new Tottenham boss inherited a similar malaise in Scotland, where Celtic's quest for ten-in-a-row had crashed and burned in the 2020/21 season, and he managed to reinvigorate the Bhoys despite a slightly slow start.

He won five domestic trophies from the six he contested and performances in Europe were eye-catching.

Postecoglou has attained success wherever he has coached and there's perhaps an understated belief in sections of the Spurs support that he might just be the right man for this job.

His teams rely on possession and a high press without the ball, while he has leaned heavily on inverted full-backs who are confident enough to take possession in areas previously unfamiliar to them.

The mantra he pedalled at Celtic was that his team 'never stopped' during games, the belief being that high intensity and fast restarts would lead them to moments where opponents lost concentration.

It promises to be a very interesting few months as Postecoglou seeks to implement his style at Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur key player - Richarlison

Spurs fans did not see the best of Richarlison last season, or anything even close it after he joined from Everton.

His season was a letdown as he struggled to get a run of games under Conte. He did, however, shine at the World Cup for Brazil and the forward could easily become a key component at Tottenham under Postecoglou.

With Bayern Munich making increasingly positive noises about signing Kane, there may a role up front to fill and Richarlison, with his willing running and eye for goal, is someone who can potentially thrive under Spurs' new head coach.

He has many similarities to Kyogo Furuhashi, the Japanese forward who led the Celtic goalscoring charts under the Aussie boss, with his movement and workrate sure to be key if he fulfils the central role in Tottenham's attack.

The 26-year-old is 100/1 to be leading scorer in the Premier League and has been finding the net with regularity during pre-season.

Tottenham Hotspur one to watch - Destiny Udogie

The Italian Under-21 international was signed last summer but immediately loaned back to Udinese where he continued his development.

Udogie impressed in the second half of Tottenham's pre-friendly against West Ham United, adapting nicely to the inverted full-back role favoured by Postecoglou and even getting on the scoresheet.

He was also in the starting side for a handsome friendly win over Lion City Sailors and the Tottenham boss says he fits 'the profile we're looking for' in a full-back.

The youngster has lots of potential and could well be one that makes a statement at Tottenham this season.

Tottenham Hotspur transfers



James Maddison (Leicester City, £40m)
Micky van de Ven (Wolfsburg - £43m)
Dejan Kulusevski (Juventus, £25.6m)
Guglielmo Vicario (Empoli, £17.2m)
Manor Solomon (Shakhtar Donetsk, free)


Harry Winks (Leicester City, £10m)
Lucas Moura (Released)
Tom Bloxham (Blackburn, free)

Tottenham Hotspur Potential XI

(4-3-3): Vicario; Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Udogie, Bissouma, Lo Celso, Maddison, Kulusevski, Richarlison, Son.

Tottenham Hotspur Opening Fixtures


Tottenham Hotspur's opening six Premier League fixtures are as follows:

13th August - Brentford (A)
19th August - Manchester United (H)
25th August - Bournemouth (A)
2nd September - Burnley (A)
16th September - Sheffield United (H)
24th September - Arsenal (A)

Tottenham Hotspur - last five seasons

Season League finish

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