In the week in week out bustle of football, it can sometimes be very difficult to take an objective view of your club. The frustration at the weekend’s result with Chelsea can colour your every view of Tottenham Hotspur, just as the four match winning run in the league that preceded it can create an overly optimistic image of the club. To step back from your club is almost impossible during the season, but putting all results aside, Spurs have begun a project of building up the infrastructure of the club that can make them truly competitive at the highest level.
Flash in the pan successes and failures are part and parcel of the league, but a steady improvement has been present at Spurs over the past few years, and with the plans in place on and off the pitch, the route to further improvement is apparent. Spurs moved into their new training centre recently, a top class facility that puts them on a par with the best in Europe. The more important move will hopefully come in the summer before the 2016/17 season, when it is believed Spurs are due to move into a new 56,000 seater stadium.
Without an owner in the style of Roman Abramovich Spurs’ best hope for the kind of income needed to compete is through the new stadium. Arsenal and Manchester United currently bring in more than £1 million each match day, and this kind of sustainable revenue has to be the bedrock of the club’s development.
All in all Spurs the future looks good for Spurs off the pitch, but there is also a clear plan in place for our on the pitch activities. The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas was a risk, as were some of the other transfer activities undertaken this summer. But the outcome has been that Spurs entered the season with a young squad and manager in place that, all things being equal, can maintain a decent level of success until the new stadium is complete. It is vital to Spurs’ future that we are still competing for Champions League places when we make the move, and the early signs from the new manager and players are positive in that regard. Andre Villas-Boas looks like a good fit for Spurs, and I would argue Dembele and Vertonghen are the two best signings we’ve made since Luka Modric.
Plans have been in place for Spurs’ development for a while, but this summer seems have jolted things forward. We have been a work in progress my whole life as a Spurs fan, now that progress has stepped up a gear. A Spurs’ challenge for the Champions League places is now assumed at the start of the league season, something that certainly wasn’t always true. Maintaining that level whilst investing in a new stadium won’t be easy, but the changes made in the summer give Spurs the best possible chance. We have a young manager with a talented squad and a chairman backing the most substantial development of the club in a generation, and the odd disappointing result in the league won’t change any of that.