Spurs dream of title as new kit is unveiled and Adebayor signs
Happy days at White Hart Lane as new arrivals settle in and Spurs poach United youngster
COULD Spurs be title contenders next season? With an ambitious new manager installed at White Hart Lane and new signings on the way there is a mood of optimism at the club and hopes are high that the Lilywhites can go one better than last season and mount a sustained challenge for silverware.
That, at least, is the opinion of midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who said he had not had to spend too long deciding whether to join Liverpool or Spurs this summer. "There's nothing wrong with Liverpool but there's everything right about Tottenham," he told The Daily Telegraph.
He is not the only one who thinks that. Another new arrival, defender Jan Vertonghen, has announced that he fully expects Spurs to challenge for the title next season. "Why not? When I see these players, there is a lot of quality and possibility to be in first position," he announced to ESPN.
There was more good news for Spurs fans today as it was reported that Emmanuel Adebayor had sealed a permanent move to White Hart Lane from Manchester City. The former Arsenal striker will be paid a club record £160,000-a-week.
There are also reports that Rafael van der Vaart has decided not to move on and will now stay at White Hart Lane and, perhaps even more significantly, the club have poached young defender Zeki Fryers from Manchester United.
According to the Daily Mail, Alex Ferguson is "fuming" that another member of the squad that won the 2011 FA Youth Cup has elected to jump ship. And the fact that he chose Spurs could be a sign that the Lilywhites are becoming a force to be reckoned with.
"Tottenham, however, are once again being mentioned in the same breath as Manchester United," notes The Fighting Cock blog, before adding that most people now expect more from Spurs than they do from the likes of Liverpool. The club recently opened its new training base in Enfield and there is the prospect of a new stadium on the horizon.
Adding to the general feeling of optimism around the club is the reception that the new Spurs kit received when it was unveiled this week. "It's tidy and clean yet still striking," enthused the Dear Mr Levy blog.