2015/16 Finish: 3
2016/17 Preseason Ranking: 4
Sportify Rating: 1648
2015/16 Wagebill: £101M
Stadium Capacity: 36,284 at White Hart Lane
Departures: Federico Fazio (Roma); Filip Lesniak (Slovan Liberec); Christopher Paul (QPR); Alex Pritchard (Norwich); Emmanuel Sonupe (released); Grant Ward (Ipswich)
Arrivals: Vincent Janssen (AZ Alkmaar); Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
The good: They’re building off their best season in recent memory
Spurs boast the highest goal differential in the EPL last season (+34) as they finished third for the first time since 1989-90. Spurs were a complete team last season. They scored 69 goals (2nd) on 62.8 xG (4th), their best goal scoring haul since they scored 74 in the Football League First Division in 1985-86. At the back, they conceded 35 goals (tied for best in the league) on 37.4 xG (4th best) in what was their best defensive performance since they conceded 33 in 1970-71. In preparation for Mauricio Pochettino’s third season in charge and Spurs’ first in the Champions League since 2010-11, they’ve added a physical enforcer in the midfield in Vincent Wanyama and the Dutch Eredivisie’s top scorer from last season, Vincent Janssen.
The bad: They couldn’t get the job last year
Leicester’s win last year will never be forgotten, but Tottenham and their North London rivals Arsenal will wish they could. In a year in which perennial powerhouses faltered, they failed to take advantage and unraveled as the season came to a head. At the end of February, Spurs had a chance to go top of the table after a red hot run of six straight wins. They lost 1-0 at West Ham then drew with Arsenal, and Leicester never looked back. This season, Spurs’ young core has another year under its belt and a couple important players coming in, but they’ll have to battle with rejuvenated Mourinho’s United, Pep’s City, Conte’s Chelsea, as well as defending first and second place finishers Leicester and Arsenal.