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Tottenham Hotspur 2021-22 Season Review: A Top Four Finish, Best Players And What Lies Ahead

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Tottenham Hotspur have astoundingly ended their campaign finishing in the top tier of the Premier League this season with a dominant 5-0 victory over Norwich City in their final fixture.

Antonio Conte and his squad have turned it around for themselves and lived up to the expectations of their supporters securing a place in the UEFA Champions League competition next season.

Tottenham Hotspur 2021-22 Season Review: Securing A Top Four Place

Spurs failed to start strong at the beginning of the season. However, adversity brings out opportunities and Conte’s arrival brought forth an upheaval of changes in the mentality back in the changing room. Tottenham were losing to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United before the arrival of Conte. But the blow came in after the January transfer window ended when Spurs lost to Burnley in February which raised a lot of questions over the manager’s arrival and the squad’s title race. Conte was threatening to leave, amidst inconsistencies in the squad’s performances; it seemed as though he had given up being merely present for a few weeks at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

But thereafter the shift in mentality brought forth an evident change, the post-Burnley period remained as a reminder for the squad to take action and not repeat the same mistakes in the remainder of their league matches. Spurs won 11 of the 16 remaining matches in the Premier League and turned it around in the next half of the season to secure a top-four finish.

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NORWICH, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring their fourth goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road on May 22, 2022, in Norwich, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Best Players Of Tottenham Hotpsur In The 2021-22 Campaign

Harry Kane

The English striker ended the season with 21 goals and 9 assists over 45 appearances for the Lilywhites across all fronts. Kane is a relentless goal scorer and has now improved on his ability to drop deep. Conte put his talents to good use in his starting XI this season, the supporters can expect him to help Tottenham in the Champions League run for the upcoming season. He remains one of the most valuable players in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Heung-Min Son

The Korean star forward has had yet another impressive campaign at the frontline for Spurs this season, scoring 23 goals and creating 7 assists over 41 appearances across all fronts. He has averaged 2.2 shots, and 1.4 dribbles and has completed 86.5% of his attempted passes to showcase his level of football. Jamie Vardy remains the only player to have a higher shot to goal ratio in the Premier League over Son and the 28-year-old is one of the most clinical finishers in the world.

Cristian Romero

The Argentine defender has gone to greater heights after establishing himself as a keyman in Antonio Conte’s backline. He has proven to be a successful signing as evident from his average of 2.8 tackles, 1.6 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and has completed 86.6% of his attempted passes. Right from the outset, he has proven to be cut out for English top-flight football as he partnered up with Eric Dier at the backline to give outstanding performances.

Stats via Whoscored

What’s Next For The Spurs?

Antonio Conte has done a decent job at bringing in talented individuals to add more depth to the squad. Rodrigo Bentancur brought forth a lot of energy in the midfield area upon his arrival and Cristian Romero has helped a great deal in Tottenham’s top tier finish. He will look to do the same in the upcoming transfer window as he can now financially be backed by the club with Champions League football as a prospect.

For the upcoming season, Conte and his men would look to contend for a UCL final place and would also be on the run for the Premier League title.

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