Tottenham must move on from being just challengers

After three seasons of being nearly-men, it’s time Tottenham stepped up to the plate.

Losing to Man Utd in the FA Cup this season was the eighth straight time Spurs have lost at the semi-final stage of that competition. They further cemented their reputation as bottlers after losing their Champions League quarter-final match-up with Juventus when victory seemed assured. And who could forget the year they threw away their best chance in decades of winning the Premier League, when a late-season dip in form handed the title to lowly Leicester City?

While Spurs can rightly be proud of the consistent nature of their football, most fans would trade that in in a heartbeat for the bragging rights and sense of pride only trophies can bestow. Spurs was a club used to winning, albeit intermittently, as a glance through the history books bears witness to: two league titles, eight FA Cup wins, four League Cups, two UEFA Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Sadly, the memory of those days is fading – it is now ten years since Spurs last won a major trophy, the League Cup, in 2008.

Mauricio Pocchetino has done sterling work, but there is only so much he can achieve on a limited budget. Spurs must spend and spend big. A star player must be brought in to galvanise the team and provide the spark needed to take Spurs from nearly-men to winners. If Manchester City continue to strengthen as they surely will, it seems unrealistic to expect either Spurs, Liverpool or Manchester United to challenge for the Premier League title next season. City were so superior that even if they lost ground they will still be significantly ahead of the pack. A domestic or European cup is Spurs’ most realistic target.

Tottenham must become disruptors.  Like the Internet businesses that have disrupted and overtaken their better-funded bricks-and-mortar counterparts, they need to think outside the box and devise winning strategies that money can’t buy.

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