This article is written by Chelsea fan George. Check him out on Twitter @georjecb.
As a Chelsea fan it couldn't pain me more to see a rival club, like Tottenham, do so well. I'd be the first person to sit and pick apart their faults, but in all honesty, they have very few. Their squad is outstanding and full of loads of promising young players - instead of boring you by picking out the obvious names, I feel I should acknowledge people like Harry Winks and Cameron Carter-Vickers. Spurs are pretty much set for the future, so long as they follow one rule: DO NOT SELL.
The "DO NOT SELL" rule does not only apply when, for example, Bayern Munich come along with a £90m bid for Dele Alli (I must stress, this is simply a fictional example - no fake news here), but also when players like Victor Wanyama are approached by mid-table teams. I'm not saying they should hold on to EVERY player, but the core squad of players they have at the moment is fantastic, and I don't think many adjustments are required. The likes of Kane, Alli, Rose etc. will continue to improve with age and it’s clear that, if they stick around, Spurs will soon start winning some trophies.
Aside from the players, the main reason for Tottenham's massive improvement over the past couple of years is their manager. He's done an exceptional job and turned a mediocre side still grieving the loss of Gareth Bale into a huge title challenger, all while not spending much money at all. Obviously a lot of work is done behind the scenes, but Pochettino has been the one to bring it all together, and personally I believe he deserves an awful lot of credit for how well Tottenham are playing at the moment.
As I said earlier, though, it's vital Tottenham’s key players stay. I do think Spurs will keep most of their squad going into next season, even if they don't manage to win anything this season. The real problem comes, though, if they don't win a major trophy next season. Allow me to elaborate:
Here's how I see Pochettino's time at Spurs;
. Season 1 - started to build the squad HE wants
. Season 2 - finished in the top 4 (which hadn't been accomplished by his predecessor)
. Season 3 (current) - finish above Arsenal (probably) for the first time in 20 years
. Season 4 (future) - win a major trophy
. Season 5 (future) - win either the Champions League, or the Premier League
Admittedly that is a fairly blunt way of putting it, but in my opinion that is what Pochettino needs to accomplish. Currently we're at season three where, in all likelihood, Spurs will finish above Arsenal - which Tottenham fans will be delighted about. This season it’s also possible they could win the FA Cup, which would be a great step in terms of their progression. However, if they don’t win the FA Cup, next season Spurs fans' sights will be firmly set on silverware - there's no way around it, next season is vital. They need to win. Otherwise, key players like Alli, Eriksen, Rose and perhaps even Kane, will begin thinking about leaving.
Although success in football doesn’t happen overnight, the clock is ticking for Tottenham Hotspur. For now their lack of silverware can be ignored, but sooner or later they need to win something – or Pochettino and co. will have a lot to answer for.