Ti­tle odds 2016-17 7-1

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Star man Harry Kane

The striker could not have proved any more cat­e­gor­i­cally that he is no one­sea­son wonder by com­fort­ably sur­pass­ing 20 Premier League goals, de­spite a slow start to the sea­son. The big­gest com­pli­ment that can be paid to Kane is that he is now ex­pected to score big goals.

What went right

Po­chet­tino has built a Tot­ten­ham team full of en­ergy and de­sire that has de­vel­oped a su­perb link with the club’s sup­port­ers. The ad­di­tion of Toby Alder­weireld helped to plug the leaks in de­fence that had cost Spurs last sea­son, while the emer­gence of Dele Alli was a huge plus.

What went wrong?

Too many draws. In many ways, it was fit­ting that Tot­ten­ham missed out on the ti­tle fol­low­ing draws against West Brom and Chelsea, as Po­chet­tino’s men have been guilty of let­ting leads slip.

Lame duck Nabil Ben­taleb

The mid­fielder was ex­cel­lent for Mauricio Po­chet­tino last sea­son, but spent a long spell on the side­lines through in­jury and has failed to make any sort of im­pact this sea­son. It is hard to en­vis­age that the 21-yearold still has a big fu­ture at White Hart Lane.

What’s the ver­dict on Mauricio Po­chet­tino?

The Ar­gen­tine has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion and is keen to lead Spurs into the Cham­pi­ons League. Hang­ing on to their head coach could be far more dif­fi­cult for Spurs next sum­mer, par­tic­u­larly if Real Madrid are look­ing for a man­ager.

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