Tottenham have had another productive year under Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs finished the end of last year’s Premier League in third after being fifth last Christmas. They also sit third currently, six points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Tottenham have pushed on in the Champions League, but failed to deliver in the FA Cup where they were beaten in the semi-finals by Manchester United. Their new stadium has been delayed for what seems like the hundredth time.
There have been moments with individual accolades, as Tottenham boasted the most players to reach the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup, with 12. Son Hueng-min won a gold medal at the Asian Games, and Hugo Lloris led France to victory and the title of World champions in Russia.
Here’s a look at some of Spurs’ best moments of 2018.
6. Harry Kane Signs New Contract Despite Transfer Speculation
Harry Kane has become one of the most lethal finishers in world football. With so many eyes on the England captain, it became likely that one of the European giants would swoop in and try to pry him away from north London.
Kane however, committed to Tottenham for the near future, with a new contract keeping him at the club until 2024. Yes, that does mean that he can still go, but at least Spurs will be able to hold out for a big pay-day, with Daniel Levy known to be a tough negotiator.
Kane is Spurs’ main man, the team is built around him and plays to suit his strengths, so to lose him would be a hammer blow. His new contract though, suggests it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere soon.
5. Son Heung-min Earns Military Exemption With Gold Medal
Tottenham fans will be grateful that the South Korean football team had a fantastic Asian Games campaign. Fan favourite Son was facing mandatory military service if the national side didn’t win the tournament.
With Son an integral part of this Tottenham side it would have been a shame to see the footballer missing for two years. Fortunately for Tottenham’s sake, Son and South Korea won the tournament. The Korean returned to London and will be there for the foreseeable future without the risk of having to participate in military service.
4. Son Heung-min’s Goal of the Season – January 4
Son has enjoyed a good calendar year at Tottenham, despite being missing for a period earlier this season while on international duty. The South Korean international has scored many memorable goals and is capable with both feet.
It is his Premier League goal against West Ham however, that wins the plaudits for Tottenham’s goal of the season. Ironically, it came in the same game that Pedro Obiang scored West Ham’s goal of the season in which the two sides drew 1-1 at Wembley. Son received the ball about thirty yards from goal before unleashing a dipping moving right-footed strike to beat Adrian in goal and equalise for Tottenham.
3. Harry Kane’s Late Double vs PSV – November 6
Harry Kane is normally at the forefront of all things good with Tottenham. He takes the credit this time, scoring two late goals at home against PSV to keep Spurs’ Champions League hopes alive after what seemed like a hopeless start to the campaign.
Trailing 1-0 going into the 77th minute, Kane scored a sweetly struck volley just inside the area to level the score, before netting a dramatic 89th minute winner. His header deflected off two PSV defenders before creeping into the corner, sending the Wembley crowd wild.
2. Tottenham 3-1 Chelsea – November 24
It seems Tottenham have a fierce rivalry with every club in London at the moment. Perhaps their derby with Arsenal is slightly fiercer, but take nothing away from a game against Chelsea.
Chelsea were unbeaten when they visited Wembley earlier this season, but Tottenham showed they were capable of big things with a 3-1 victory over their London rivals. Dele Alli, Kane and Son scored the goals for Tottenham as Olivier Giroud scored a late consolation goal for Chelsea.
Spurs sent out a message that they can hang with the top sides in England, and put one over their rivals at the same time.
1. Champions League Knockout Qualification – December 11
Qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League looked impossible after the first three rounds of the group stages. However, Spurs managed to put up an incredible fight to produce two strong wins against PSV and Inter. This laid the foundation for an impressive late comeback to draw 1-1 against Barcelona, earning them a second-place finish in their group.
The result was an important one for so many reasons. It meant that the dream of playing Champions League football at their new stadium this season was still alive, as well as providing them with further enticement to attract the elite players they want in the January transfer window.
Tottenham face Bundesliga-side Borussia Dortmund in February in the next round of the competition, hopefully in their brand new stadium.