So…this 2015/2016 season is now finished. Didn’t end very well, did it? It’s nearly comical that Spurs lost 5-1 against (a newly-relegated) Newcastle, right?
That being said…this truly has been an incredible year. Although we – as Spurs fans (that is, if you read this and are a Spurs fan) – will come to not live this season down, as Arsenal fans will make it a point every chance they get to say they finally got their St. Totteringham’s Day on the last freakin’ day of the season.
Regardless of how we (and I say “we” as “Spurs”) finished the season, it was of no indication of how we actually played, worked, fought, and excelled this year.
In my opinion: Dembele was by and and large our best player; Alli, one of the key components to our attack; Kane, with his 25 goals, won Golden Boot of the 2015/16 season in the Prem, a pivotal part of our attack; Alderweireld, one of the most popular players – and understated in his performances all year; Wimmer, a fantastic stand-in when Vertonghen was injured (and some would say, myself included, a starter after the Belgian came back healthy); Rose, a force to be reckoned with as an offensive fullback; Dier, a wonderful defensive midfielder helping Dembele with pushing our players up the field rather than pushing deep into our own half; and, of course, the attacking midfielders of Eriksen and Lamela – one of whom we all (as fans) set high standards upon (Eriksen) and one of whom came into his own (Lamela) this year and flourished under Pochettino’s attacking system.
Spurs played some of the most gorgeous football I’ve seen from them as long as I’ve been a fan – which is nearly 20 years.
Although we had some terrible and heart-wrenching losses (like the last game of the season against Newcastle), frustrating and winnable draws (like Chelsea, also at the end of the season), we also had some amazing and fantastic wins (like the game against Manchester United).
I get frustrated from other team’s fans when they rag on us for being the “little brother” team to Arsenal (which is…to be completely honest (and yes, this is coming from a completely biased Spurs fan perspective), an absolute farse), or that we don’t have has much money like other clubs such as Chelsea (hahaha) or the Manchesters (yes, I’m lumping United and City in one corner, bicker over that one), or Liverpool. BUT, even if we don’t have as much money and even though we’re the “smaller” North London club (although we were the first – and if you want to read about the North London Derby, go here – club to be in north London), do you know what Spurs have?
Tottenham have ambition. Honor. Glory.
Spurs have heart.
Although we (again, using “we” as “Spurs”) finished in third place, Tottenham have much to look forward to. Champions League. A top manager that many other clubs have salivated after and has (Pochettino) signed a 5-year contract with Spurs. A top-goalscorer who’s only in his early 20s and a great prospect for the England National Team (Godspeed, though, Harry Kane). A new stadium to look forward to filling. And lastly, a fanbase that keeps growing because they recognize the greatness, the achievement Spurs want and yearn for, and the feeling of being a family with people who love a soccer team from North London.
And now that a fantastic season has come to a close, I bring you a few of my favorite pictures of this 2015/2016 season: