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Tottenham Hotspur 2021 / 2022 Review

by | Jun 24, 2022 | News, Opinion | 0 comments

Antonio Conte and Tottenham performed nothing but a miracle this season in the Premier League, achieving a top-four finish and bringing back Champions League football to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time since the 2019/2020 season.

Being touted by many as nothing but an outsiders chance of achieving European football after the summer that followed the 2020/2021 season, Tottenham spent seventy-two days trying to find Jose Mourinho’s successor whilst star talisman, Harry Kane, pulled out all the stops to try and force Daniel Levy’s hand in letting the English striker move to Manchester City. Ending up fruitless, Kane eventually turned up at Hotspur Way, greeted by new Tottenham Hotspur manager, Nuno Espirito Santo who was previously at Wolves.

The following four months ended up gruelling to most Tottenham watchers and finally ended after *that* heavy defeat to Manchester United four months later, where Espirito Santo was met by hostile booing by fifty thousand fans in regards to a Lucas Moura substitution in the 55th minute. Nuno was sacked two days after the United game on November 1st, and Levy and Paratici got straight to work in trying to find a suitable replacement, that was not as lacklustre as the last.

Three days after the sacking, Tottenham Hotspur announced Antonio Conte, previous Premier League winner and recent Serie-A champion, as the new manager on an 18-month deal. Arguably the biggest changing point in Tottenham’s season, Conte instantly became a fan favourite despite a goalless draw to Leicester on his debut, energy around the club and with the fans had completely changed as Tottenham looked to be aiming for competitiveness once again.

The explosive return of Harry Kane and a once again, world-class season from the underrated Heung-Min Son, led to an eventual points tally from January onwards of forty-one points with a positive goal difference of twenty-seven, which was only bettered by Manchester City and Liverpool.

January saw the introduction of two new signings, and now fan favourites, Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur who plausibly changed the path of Tottenham’s season with the goals and assists of the former, being one of the major factors of Champions League qualification at the end of the season.

Signing from Juventus on an initial loan, Dejan Kulusevski assisted Tottenham’s pursuit of European football with thirteen goal involvements in eighteen appearances for the club, proving to be one of the most impactful January signings for Spurs and possibly Premier League history.

Anchored by the powerful Cristian Romero, Eric Dier and Ben Davies at the back, Conte’s backline helped Spurs achieve five clean sheets in the final eight games of the season.  This makes for very impressive reading when you take into account that Conte took over the realm from Espirito Santo (with the worst goal difference in the league at the time (-7), and ending the season with the fourth-highest in the league (+27)).

Tottenham sources are confident that Antonio Conte is satisfied with the board’s ambitions for next season, with the Italian set to be given £150M plus the funds from Champions League football in addition to money from player sales. Conte has demanded a minimum of 6 signings that are able to make an immediate impact for next season’s campaign in both the Premier League and Europe and it sounds like Daniel Levy is willingly letting that happen.

The future is very bright and very Lilywhite.

Our Player of the Season: Heung-Min Son

– Ending the season on 23 goals, sharing the golden boot with Mohamed Salah, and 7 assists, Sonny was robbed of a POTS nomination in the Premier League however, he deserves to be this season’s Spurs POTS with countless contributions to Tottenham’s impressive campaign.

Goal of the Season: Heung-Min Son (vs Leicester)

– Coming neck and neck with Steven Bergwijn (vs Leicester), Son just edged this one with his very impressive technique, cutting inside with his weaker left foot and curling one top corner with ease, which proves as to why Son is one of the best left wingers in world football.

Young Player of the Season: Dejan Kulusevski

– Being brought in to make an immediate impact in one of the toughest leagues in the world at the age of twenty-two is not easy, however, Dejan certainly made it look this way. Five goals and eight assists in eighteen games in a brand new league is mightily impressive, after being criticised by Juventus fans as being very one-dimensional, every goal contribution seemed to be a critic silencer from the young Swede.

Breakthrough of the Season: Ryan Sessegnon

– Having previously failed to make an impact at Tottenham, Ryan Sessegnon has arguably been one of the most underrated Spurs players this season. Keeping Mohamed Salah quiet on two occasions and setting up Heung-Min Son vs Liverpool that gained Tottenham a very important point at Anfield, Ryan has earned his place for next season at Tottenham, and with inspiration from an experienced left-wing back that Spurs seem to be targeting, there could be a very bright future for Ryan Sessegnon.

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