The job that Mauricio Pochettino has carried out at Tottenham Hotspur since being appointed head coach in May 2014 has been nothing short of sensational. Before he arrived, Spurs were in a precarious position.
Andre Villas-Boas’ stint as manager did not pan out as most had hoped, and he lasted just 18 months in the job before being fired by the ruthless chairman that is Daniel Levy. In came Tim Sherwood until the end of the season, but he could not propel Spurs far enough up the table, and the club looked in a messy situation. It was evident that Sherwood was simply not the right man for the job, contrary to his own opinion. Time and time again Daniel Levy had got it wrong with his manager appointments, until he poached the promising Pochettino from Southampton.
With Poch at the reigns, Spurs had a new lease of life. His high pressing, attacking style of play made a significant impact almost immediately, despite not having stamped his own mark on his squad. It was clear that after a few transfer windows, Tottenham would be as strong a force as they have ever been in the Premier League. In his first season in charge, Pochettino led Spurs to fifth place and the league cup final, where they lost out to Chelsea at Wembley. After moving on the squad’s deadwood, signing the likes of Toby Alderweireld, bringing through young talent, and with a world-class new stadium on the horizon, Spurs looked in a very strong place. Their performances on the pitch, particularly in the last three-and-a-half seasons, show how far the club has progressed.
Pochettino has now led Spurs to three consecutive top-three finishes, whilst also being in the title picture on a couple of occasions. The standout season for Spurs so far under the Argentine has to be 2016/17, there they finished in their highest premier league position ever of second place, amassing an impressive total of 86 points, which would have been enough to win the title in 11 of the 26 Premier League seasons played.
What many must not forget is they are working on limited resources compared to the other clubs that make up the so-called ‘Big Six’. Their net spend is just £29 million since the arrival of Pochettino, compared to Man City’s £518m and Liverpool’s £183 million. Yet Tottenham are still competing with these powerhouses, and to put it quite frankly, they are overachieving. Currently, Spurs sit third in the premier league and very much have a chance, albeit a small one, of winning the league title.
This is after making no new signings for two consecutive transfer windows. They are still yet to win a trophy, however Poch has still been a huge success. Several players like Eriksen and Kane are linked with moves away from the club in every window, but, however important they are, Spurs’ real prized possession is the man that has transformed the club into one of the best in England, with the potential to dominate and win major trophies in the future.