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Last term: 2-0 (H) | 0-0 (A)
2010/11 league position: 5th
This term: 22 Aug (H) | 3 May (A)

Albiston’s verdict: “They’ve got a difficult start with City and United in the first few games. It’ll be tough to achieve what they did a couple of years ago and it could be a season of turmoil.”

12/08/2011 10:35

Season preview: Tottenham

Can Harry Redknapp lead Spurs back into the top-four?

Hopes and fears
Champions League football has to be the aim again for Tottenham, but emulating 2009/10’s achievement is going to be a tough ask, especially with big spenders City and Liverpool sniffing around.
 
You’re the boss
Everyone loves Harry Redknapp’s old-school, wheeler-dealer style of management, and it’s undoubtedly paid dividends in his three years at White Hart Lane. He has transformed Spurs from a promising side to one that who can challenge for honours, while sticking to a stylish brand of football.
 
Who’s the man?
On his day, midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was a cut above most other players in the league last term. The bargain signing from Real Madrid has declared he wants to stay at Tottenham, and will be looking to improve on his 14-goal 2010/11 haul.
 
Young guns
Livewire midfielder Danny Rose, who burst onto the scene with a stunning goal against Arsenal in April 2010, has signed a new long-term deal, as has promising defender Kyle Walker, who impressed on loan at QPR and Aston Villa last term.
 
In and outs
Luka Modric was the focal point in the big transfer saga of the summer, with offers from Chelsea being rebuffed as we went to press. Jonathan Woodgate and Jamie O’Hara left the club, while keeper Brad Friedel arrived from Villa – and we know how well he plays against the Reds…
 
Away-day heaven or hell?
White Hart Lane has become an enjoyable place for United to fans to visit: there’s a good atmosphere, usually a great game and we regularly get the right result – it’s a decade since we lost there.
 
Well I never…
The name ‘Hotspur’ is thought to derive from the character in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, Part 1.
 
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