If Spurs don’t make Europe this year (and it’s now very, very, very unlikely) then they can only blame themselves. Yes Harry will bleat about injuries to key players over the season, and yes Gomes can hold his hands up to a number of dropped points (and balls), but quite frankly you don’t deserve any European football, Champions’ League or Europa, with the results produced over the past few months. Dropped points at home to Blackpool, West Brom and West Ham, as well as losses away to Chelsea (although unfairly) Man City and Blackpool and draws away to Wigan and Wolves, means the club have squandered 19 points since February – just as Liverpool were coming into form for fifth. Their loss at City away was not set in stone, or a battering, but sometimes you have to make your own luck (and not score own goals).
Harry has basically come out and said that he’s not interested in qualifying for the Europa League. And some fans agree with him. Whether he, and them, are saying this to save face as it’s hard to see Liverpool slipping up now, I’m not sure, but I think the club would be mad not to play some kind of European football next season. Do they deserve European football? Quite frankly no. But I worry for the club if they’re not in the competition. I can’t see the likes of Bale, Modric and Van Der Vaart sticking around to just play in the Premier League. Bale and VDV haven’t played brilliantly since the turn of the year but that won’t stop the big guns coming in, and Man Utd have been sniffing around Modric for the last 12 months. And we all know what happens when your best players leave, the club struggles further, dropping a few Premier League places each season, and those Champions’ League nights seem a distant memory.
It’s hard to see when Spurs will next play in the Champions’ League. If Harry is correct, which I’ll reserve judgement on at the moment, City already have three major signings in the bag, and are after everyone from Rooney and Messi to Pele and Maradona. There’s no way Spurs can compete financially with them, especially if they continue this ridiculous judicial review over Stratford, and Liverpool will be upping the ante over the summer too.
So what next? Who do they ditch? Has Harry had his time? I think some of his decisions over the past year have been strange, but he’s generally called them right so I’m guessing most fans would like to see him stay. What they do need to do is be brutal and get rid of the dead wood and scrap. Out with Pavlyuchenko, Jenas, Palacios, Gomes, King (well early retirement for him), Woodgate, Bentley and Keane (I’m sure Spurs fans will agree Birmingham and West Ham can keep them) and then they can look for another two central defenders, a goalie, another two-three strikers, and two decent holding midfielders. But of course, this goes back to the central problem. Money and where to get it from. I wonder if City will give them a loan?