Tottenham Hotspur go goal crazy on the road, but eye even more next season!
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A look at how Mauricio Pochettino’s team ended their Premier League campaign and which winger they should target this summer
After scoring 13 goals in their final two Premier League games, Tottenham Hotspur still have one more match to play before enjoying a rest after a long, but memorable 2016/17 season.
Spurs flew out to Hong Kong on Monday ahead of playing Kitchee SC in a friendly match tomorrow (Friday, 1pm), which will officially bring the current campaign to an end.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team finished the league season in stunning fashion with three consecutive victories.
After securing second place with a 2-1 win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane on May 14, Spurs went goal crazy on the road at Leicester City and Hull City last week.
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Harry Kane did most of the damage to ensure he claimed another Premier League Golden Boot award.
The England hitman grabbed four goals at Leicester, with Heung-min Son hitting a double to pass the 20-goal mark this campaign and create club history.
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It is the first time Tottenham have had three of their players score 20 goals or more in all competitions during a season.
Having thrashed last year’s champions 6-1 on their own turf, Spurs then went to Hull City with huge confidence and it showed.
Tottenham thrashed the Tigers 7-1 with Kane scoring a hat-trick and taking his tally for the week to eight, including his winner against United.
Dele Alli also got on the scoresheet alongside Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld, as Spurs ran riot at the KCOM Stadium.
It meant Tottenham ended the Premier League season with 86 points, which would have been good enough to win the title in nine previous campaigns since the league’s formation in 1992.
The challenge for Pochettino now is to try and make Spurs even better and the boss reiterated his desire to do just that after Sunday’s game.
After the win at Hull, Alli also spoke about how the club “don’t need to spend loads of money” this summer and instead insisted it was important the Tottenham squad stick together.
The England ace, who scored 22 goals in all competitions for the north London club this season, appears to be settled in N17 and happy to remain part of the team, but his performances will have attracted interest from elsewhere.
Spurs should be able to keep hold of Alli this summer, but as Pochettino said, they do need to find a way of getting better.
Something Tottenham have lacked, except for in the full-back department, is pace coupled with quality and signing somebody with those attributes is likely to be the top priority for the club.
Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko have failed to set the world on fire since moving to Tottenham last summer and both could leave in the coming months.
Spurs have been linked with Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha in recent weeks and he would appear a good addition on paper.
The 24-year-old won the Eagles’ Player of the Season award after scoring seven goals and picking up nine assists this campaign.
Zaha’s impressive displays have seen him linked with Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal, but last week he looked set to agree a new deal with Palace.
However, manager Sam Allardyce’s departure from the club on Tuesday night may have changed his situation.
The pace and trickery of Zaha could be vital for Spurs next season if they are looking for an alternative option when struggling to break teams down away from home.
Factor in playing at Wembley, and Spurs need more pace in their squad and a push to sign the former Manchester United winger appears wise.
After an excellent 2016/17 season, there is more hard work ahead for chairman Daniel Levy and Pochettino.