Tottenham were never expected to make a huge impact on this summer’s transfer market, with their squad looking just a few touches away from the finished article.
In fact, there have been just two notable additions, coming in the form of first, Victor Wanyama, and second, Vincent Janssen.
Both have been signed by Mauricio Pochettino to add depth. Janssen will fight for Harry Kane’s spot and alleviate the pressure on the England international. Wanyama, meanwhile, will do the same, but for Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier.
Pochettino has addressed two key areas. The striker problem is on paper the bigger one, as Kane was the only recognised senior forward at the club.
Last season, however, the Lilywhites still managed to mount a decent title challenge in those circumstances. Ultimately, it was in the centre of the midfield they were let down.
While they may not want to rely on Kane alone, you wouldn’t bet against the 23-year-old top scoring again for them this time around.
The issues in midfield ran deeper. Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll were simply not up to the standard required from a top four side and as soon as Dembele found himself suspended for an eye-gouge on Diego Costa, things fell apart.
Wanyama himself likes a foul, as he demonstrated in the Everton game on several occasions. All the same, the Kenyan has finally strengthened Spurs’ spine, and that could be the difference as they aim to shed their tag of Premier League nearly men.