Harry Kane excels as Daniel Levy faces big summer after Tottenham’s malaise under Jose Mourinho

The 2020/21 season was certainly a disappointing one for Tottenham after only clinching a Europa Conference League spot on the final day of the campaign.

Starting off the term incredibly well and topping the table midway through December, Spurs just couldn’t maintain their strong strong and in the end tumbled down the standings.

As well as falling away from a Champions League place that they looked nailed on for at the turn of year, the Lilywhites also crashed out of the Europa League and FA Cup, as well as missing out on a piece of silverware after Man City got the better of them in the Carabao Cup final.

Now the season has drawn to a close for Tottenham after their win at Leicester City on the final day, here we take a look at the winners and losers following a hectic year in N17.

Winners

Harry Kane

There is only one man to start with in terms of winners and that is Kane.

The 27-year-old has been in exceptional form throughout the season as he recorded 33 goals and 17 assists from his 49 games in all competitions.

Kane’s goal at Leicester on the final day saw him clinch the Premier League golden boot award ahead of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, with the player also winning the playmaker of the season gong to cap off a remarkable year in the final third.

Now all Tottenham fans will be hoping that the club can keep hold of him this summer amid speculation over his future.

Son Heung-min

Son also recorded some impressive numbers for the season after hitting 22 goals and 17 assists in his 51 games.

Outstanding at the start of term as he was on fire in front of goal, most notably at Southampton when he hit four of the team’s five goals, his performances did start to dip from January onwards as he struggled to recapture top form.

The South Korean may not have finished the season how he would have liked but nobody can argue with his impact over the course of the campaign.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

The signing of the Dane didn’t exactly excite all fans but Hojbjerg has already become a firm favourite in his first year at the club.

A very good midfielder who does the dirty work and makes the team tick, the Dane could well be a future captain of the club in years to come.



Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was integral to Tottenham's 2-0 win over Wolves after scoring and assisting in the victory
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been a major hit at Tottenham since his summer move from Southampton

Hojbjerg’s impact can be seen from the fact that he played every single minute of all 38 league games.

No Tottenham player played more than the 25-year-old in 2020/21 and his levels could potentially rise come next campaign with Oliver Skipp looking likely to push for a starting spot in the middle.

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Oliver Skipp

Tottenham really couldn’t have picked a better loan deal for Skipp after the midfielder excelled in his year on loan at Norwich.

Playing a huge part in their Championship title success after playing in 45 of their 46 matches, surgery on his foot meant he unfortunately missed out on the final day and stopped him from appearing in all of their league fixtures.

Set to return to N17 a much better player after going from strength to strength under Daniel Farke, the academy graduate really could be in contention for a regular spot in the Tottenham XI come August.

Dane Scarlett and Alfie Devine

The future looks incredibly bright at Tottenham in terms of youngsters progressing from the academy to the first team.

Handed his chance in pre-season by Jose Mourinho, Scarlett made his Premier League and Europa League debuts for Spurs during the season and found himself on the bench a number of times.

Mourinho even stated earlier in the year that the 17-year-old would be in his first-team plans next season given the huge impression he made on him.

Devine is another one that Tottenham fans could be set to see more of over the coming months after marking his senior debut with a brilliant goal in the FA Cup tie away at Marine.

Both will be intent on impressing the new boss in pre-season and forcing their way into his plans.



Alfie Devine was all smiles after netting his first Tottenham goal
Alfie Devine was all smiles after netting his first Tottenham goal away at Marine

Losers

Jose Mourinho

It all looked so good for Mourinho at the turn of the year with Tottenham riding high in the league table and doing well in Europe.

However, things started to go downhill from January onwards and the 58-year-old was dismissed by Daniel Levy in April with the team looking on course to miss out on the Champions League.

Mourinho’s style of play didn’t sit well at all with fans, while his treatment of the likes of Gareth Bale and Dele Alli didn’t exactly help his cause with them either.

Unable to bring silverware to the club as he was brought in to do, Spurs could well come up against him next campaign with Roma also in the Europa Conference League.

Dele Alli

Alli looked more like his old self in pre-season and was rewarded with a starting spot on the opening day against Everton.

Hooked after 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat, he barely featured in the league after that and there was plenty of talk that he would depart in January.

Getting a bit more game time once the transfer window was closed for business, Alli’s minutes increased when Ryan Mason replaced Mourinho at the helm and he started to show glimpses of his quality.

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A year to forget for the ex-MK Dons man, the 2021/22 season is going to be huge for the attacking midfielder.

Harry Winks

Winks is another one who also struggled for minutes over the course of the campaign.

Starting the season in the team before finding himself out of the squad completely at times, the midfielder only played 15 games in the Premier League and that put an end to his chances of earning a place in the England squad.



Harry Winks could find himself at risk this summer as Tottenham look to bring in funds in order to buy new players to freshen up the squad
Harry Winks could find himself at risk this summer as Tottenham look to bring in funds in order to buy new players to freshen up the squad

It may well get tougher for the player if he remains in north London this summer as Skipp could leapfrog him in the pecking order given his loan success.

Matt Doherty

Tottenham strengthened at right-back in the summer with Doherty signed after two very good seasons in the Premier League with Wolves.

In a battle with Serge Aurier for a starting position, it was the Ivorian who came out on top for the vast majority of the campaign with the Republic of Ireland international instead having to make do with a place watching on from the sidelines.

Not helped by the fact that Spurs don’t operate with wing-backs as was his previous role at Wolves, Doherty has had to adapt to playing as a right-back, but he has really struggled for form when he has been given minutes.

Another player facing a big year in 2021/22.

Daniel Levy

Levy has also not enjoyed a great season at Tottenham for a number of reasons.

Seeing limited revenue come into the club with supporters unable to return due to the coronavirus pandemic, the chairman has also seen the team fall even further behind their rivals after missing out on a Champions League place once again.

Deciding to part company with Mourinho after such a dreadful run of form from the end of January, the 59-year-old then felt the wrath of all Tottenham fans following the European Super League plans that the club soon pulled out of given the uproar from supporters all across Europe.

Levy will be hoping 2021/22 is much better on all fronts for him as he looks to get Tottenham back on track.

The defence

Tottenham are looking at strengthening at centre-back this summer after encountering numerous problems there all season.

Eric Dier appeared to be Mourinho’s first-choice centre-back before finding himself on the bench towards the end of his tenure, with both Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez left out at various times as the former head coach changed things about.

Joe Rodon did well when given the chance but he unfortunately found himself out of Ryan Mason’s thinking in the final few games of the campaign.

Conceding a number of sloppy goals this season and the undoubted weak spot in the Tottenham team, the new manager must fix the problem position ahead of next campaign.

Source by Football London

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