Since his arrival in 2008 Harry Redkanpp, the current manager of Tottenham Hotspur has done remarkable things and brought the club to an entirely new level. His incisive manner and brilliant tactical efficiency was previously demonstrated in the rescue of Portsmouth while they were deep in relegation trouble. The addition of much-needed funds was a relief for Redknapp and he was able to assure Portsmouth would spend another season in the prestigious top-flight.
After the sacking of former Sevilla manager, Juande Ramos, Harry Redknapp took over the reigns at White Hart Lane. His success, thus far has been incomparable. With two points in 8 games, Tottenham were not in a favourable position and remained not only in the drop-zone but bottom of the league. Significant improvement was needed and it came in the form of wins against Bolton, Liverpool, Manchester City and a electric 4-4 draw with fierce rivals Arsenal at the Emirates. Recovery seemed on course
Tottenham rose and with clever additions and a renewed desire to attack and do well, Tottenham led by Redknapp propelled themselves to a reasonable 8th place finish. In the 2009/2010 season, Tottenham achieved a long awaited dream, 4th place. The prospect of new revenues due to Champions League football allowed Redknapp to keep improving his squad.
The 2010/2011 season started and Tottenham fans were in high hopes that the managerial hierarchy would not fail. They were not disappointed, Redknapp has built a squad with depth, consistency and talent which makes them real contenders for the title. He has said it himself that the title is a possibility is his players perform.
Analysing Tottenham’s Strengths
An impressive combination of Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Bassong, Michael Dawson and when his is fit, Ledley King provide a daunting centre back combination no matter which of these is picked. Add to this Alan Hutton and Benoit Assou-Ekotto at right and left respectively and you can form a defence both strong in the air and decisive in the tackle. Kaboul for instance, is also able to go and get goals and all of them are a threat from set-pieces. Hutton and Assou-Ekotto are fast but also strong which is necessary.
The midfield is so peppered with talent that it is hard to go wrong. The speed and skill of Aaron Lennon and the amazing versatility that Luka Modric has and part of the midfield is created. Wilson Palacios is a defensive rock who has expansive passing skills and can get forward.
Gareth Bale; in the past few months this young Welsh talent has exploded into life. His mesmerising displays over the season have led to him being approached by none other than the Galacticos a.k.a. Real Madrid. His shooting, dribbling and pace make him extremely dangerous and very difficult to mark. Giving defenders a torrid time in these past few months has given him an almost legendary status.
Up front, the height of Peter Crouch, the pace and finishing of Jermaine Defoe and the unpredictable, yet exciting, Roman Pavlyuchenko make Tottenham a creative attacking force. A strong bench as well containing future talent Sandro and Liverpool misfit Robbie Keane, Tottenham have depth show.
Tottenham are a team fresh and exciting with obvious talent and intent. Money that has poured into the club from their TV rights and European ventures and this has attracted outside interest. The players are motivated and a brilliant manager will help them on their way to glory. A good mixture of steel and style make Tottenham exciting and unpredictable.