Successful season for Spurs

Regardless of whether Spurs enter next year playing in Europe or not, fans ought to look back on 2010/11 fondly.

Of course, a magnificent Champions League adventure will live long in the memory at White Hart Lane, whilst the likes of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale announced themselves amongst the most wanted players in Europe after their form in the Premier League and continentally.

The learning curve of the Champions League will stand them in great stead in years to come, at home and abroad. The eternal problem for England Champions League representatives has been backing up from stern midweek trips with what usually tends to be a typically unwanted away day on a Saturday lunch time.

Expect Manchester City to have similar troubles next year in their maiden Champions League season, assuming the Blues make it past the qualifying stages.

Of course, the summer is pivotal for the Harry Redknapp, who will be as keen as any manager to be bringing in new talent.

Those placing free bets this season will agree that extra bodies are required. Another Michael Dawson, another Tom Huddlestone, strength in depth is required.

There are a couple of noticeable weaknesses in the team too. Namely in the very last line of defence. Unfortunately for his dashes of brilliance, goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has time and again proved to lose more points than he has saved. Every great team has a great goalkeeper and the acquisition of one that is renowned as world-class ought to be a priority.

An abundance of young talent is forcing its way into the first team reckoning but an experienced defender to back up the talents of Dawson, Ledley King and William Gallas at the back would be hugely beneficial in a bid for consistency next term.

The transfer window will also be about keeping his current crop of players together. Modric and Bale in particular have been linked with moves away from The Lane but if Tottenham are serious about returning to the top four on a regular basis, it has to be a priority to keep hold of such important squad members.

If Spurs turn out to be a ‘selling club’, nobody will be placing a free bet on them making the top four again and they may drift back to mediocrity the way Aston Villa have over the past year. The club are on the brink of success and a sense of continuity heading into 2011/12 is what Redknapp will crave.