Hotspur are prepared for a huge 2008 season. At least on paper. After a opening loss to the mediocre Middlesbrough in which they only got on the sheet with an own goal many questions are, rightfully, being asked of Spurs.
Tottenham, no stranger to being paper tigers, have increased expectations this year after making a lot of offseason improvements and having a more seasoned Juande Ramos at the helm. These offseason signings seem to have set the club for the future but what us Spurs fans want is success in the short term. Especially with the second richest owner in the Premiership making relegation and failure nearly impossible.
To make this jump up to contention Spurs will need many things to go there way this season.
They will need consistency from £16.7 million man Darren Bent at striker with Keane at Liverpool and Berbatov likely going to Manchester United or being a brooding and depressed vampire if we decide to keep him (Which I pray we do not)
They will need a good contribution from Giovanni Dos Santos the youngster who showed signs of brilliance with fellow forward Bojan at Barcelona and newcomer Luka Modric who looked a little lost in the season opener but has great possession and control skills.
and maybe most importantly they will need good play and health at the back where players like Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate who we depend on seem to be perpetually out of form.
I think that at Christmas Tottenham will be 11th in the table after a typical slow start from a club that clearly has chemistry issues and many newcomers to the Premiership. However, after finally making the splash for unhappy Zenit St. Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin and replacing Berbatov they will slowly climb up and finish the season 7th. Optimism isn't strange for those at White Hart Lane and I'm prepared to be proved wrong but I can't help but think that Ramos has a plan for his stay at Spurs and I am looking forward to the season despite a disappointing first performance.