As it stands (March 2016), Tottenham Hotspur are second in the Premier League and in the midst of a title challenge.
Can Spurs win their first ever Premier League title in 2015-16?
History in Premier League
Spurs were founder members of the Premier League and have never been relegated. Despite not ever being in any real danger, the club has spent most its time languishing around mid-table.
This began to change when they achieved two consecutive fifth-place finishes in 2005-06 and 2006-07. A blip in 2007-08 saw Spurs finish 11th, but since 2009, they’ve achieved two fourth place finishes and haven’t finished lower than the sixth.
Mauricio Pochettino was appointed as manager of Spurs in May 2014 after 16 months of success as boss of Southampton, replacing Nigel Adkins in January 2013.
His time there included wins against top league sides, including a 3-1 defeat of Liverpool and a 2-1 victory over Chelsea. In his first-ever season in the Premier League, Pochettino led Southampton to eighth place – their highest ever finish.
Prior to his time at Southampton, the Argentine became manager of Espanyol in January 2009. He managed to guide the club from 18th and facing possible relegation, to a respectable 10th-place finish.
Under his watch, Espanyol finished 11th the next season. They then finished eighth in their 2010/11 campaign.
He replaced Tim Sherwood as boss at White Hart Lane in time for the 2014/15 season. In his first season at the North London club, he led them to a fifth-place finish.
As it stands (March 2016), Harry Kane is a rival for Leicester’s Jamie Vardy to receive the Golden Boot at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Kane is an all-round player and is well-suited to being the sole player up front in the system that most clubs now employ. He holds the ball up well, and is good at linking play, as well as being a great finisher.
With Spurs just behind Leicester in second place, they need Kane to be firing on all cylinders if they are to pip the midlands club to the post and win the league title for the first time in 55 years.
At just 22, Kane already has eight international caps for England and is very likely to be in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016.
While we currently have Leicester as favourites to win the league, we certainly don’t rule out Tottenham’s chances of winning the league, which is why we have them at 5/2.
Few would argue with the notion that Spurs have a stronger squad than Leicester, yet as the Europa League loss away against Borussia Dortmund showed, their reserve players are nowhere near the quality of those in the first team.
This makes the likes of Kane vital to Spurs’ title challenge over the remaining games of the season.