For Tottenham fans, the summer cannot come soon enough.
After another lackluster season that saw them finish sixth in the Premier League and sneak off with a spot in the Europa League, Spurs fans are begging for something more this fall.
And why shouldn't they? Tottenham are one of the richest clubs in England, they finally have a veteran manager in Mauricio Pochettino, and last year's class of summer signings have had 12 months to jell.
Those in north London cannot wait to see how the club will respond to so much change, and fortunately, that wait won't be long. The summer friendlies are quickly approaching, and there are some good ones to await.
Let's take a look:
|Date||Time (ET)||Time (BST)||Opponent||Location|
|Sat. July 19||4:00 p.m.||9:00 p.m.||Seattle Sounders||CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Washington)|
|Thu. July 24||7:00 p.m.||12:00 a.m.||Toronto FC||BMO Field (Toronto, Canada)|
|Sun July 27||8:00 p.m.||1:00 a.m.||Chicago Fire||Toyota Park (Chicago, Illinois)|
|Sat. Aug 02||9:30 a.m.||2:30 p.m.||Celtic||Helsinki Olympic (Helsinki, Finland)|
|Sat. Aug 09||12:30 p.m.||5:30 p.m.||Schalke||White Hart Lane (London, United Kingdom)|
Sure, friendlies can sometimes be a bore. However, with the exception of Chicago, none of these opponents will be a pushover. Seattle and Toronto are two of the top teams in MLS, and August fixtures against European competition like Celtic and Schalke will ensure they're close to top form and gearing up for league matches.
It will also give us our first chance to see new manager Pochettino and his tactics, his thoughts on last year's signings and (most importantly) how he'll use any new transfers that come in between now and then.
Will Erik Lamela get extensive looks and live up to his £26 million price tag? Can Roberto Soldado do the same? Will Paulinho become a defensive midfielder, a box-to-box guy, an attacking option, or will he switch back-and-forth once again? Does Pochettino stick with Christian Eriksen long enough to allow him to develop into a legitimate and consistent threat on the left wing?