Jose Mourinho and Spurs in the ascendancy

Jose Mourinho is smiling like the cat that got the cream. His two main strikers, England international Harry Kane and South Korean Son Heung-min are both fit and back to their scoring best.

Delle Ali still remains in his squad, and Spurs have just completed a very successful summer transfer window flurry of activity.

The 57-year-old Portuguese has had a pretty rocky ride over the past few months.

Having been fired by his previous club, Manchester United in December 2018, and then spending nearly a year in the soccer wilderness, it seemed that his ranking as the 6th greatest English club manager was looking somewhat shaky. But that could all be about to change for the better.

When Mourinho was appointed manager of Tottenham Hotspur last November, as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino, hopes were high that he would be able to rescue something from the tatters of last season.

It was not to be.

Spurs finished outside the top four. They missed out on any chances of winning any domestic silverware, and they only just managed to scramble a place in the UEFA Europa League competition.

The new season got off to a shaky start too. Tottenham lost their opening game to Everton 0 -1, and at home too.

But what a difference a few days can make. In subsequent matches, they rattled in five goals against Southampton, won their next two Europa League games to qualify for the knock out stage, knocked Chelsea out of the EFL Cup, smashed seven goals in against Maccabi Haifa, and put six past Manchester United – Mourinho’s former club.

Now, with the closure of the summer transfer window, he has got Gareth Bale joining his squad, and another Real Madrid player, possibly the best-attacking left-back in Europe, Sergio Reguilon.

In addition, Spurs have acquired Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, Joe Hart from Burnley, Matt Doherty from Wolves, and Carlos Vinicius from Benfica.

It is a pretty impressive haul, and that is on the back of acquiring Giovani Lo Celso from Real Beis, and Steven Bergwijnfrom PSV Eindhoven in last winter’s transfer window.

Tottenham’s chairman, Daniel Levy, has loosened the club’s purse strings in an emphatic way – and this following the opening their new stadium, which most people are saying is the best in the world.

It gives Jose Mourinho all the ammunition he needs, not only to turn the fortunes of the Lilywhites around, but to rebuild his own reputation too.

There is now a two-week international break, so his players, who have faced a gruelling seven games in 21 days can have a well-deserved rest – apart from Eric Dier, Harry Kane, and Harry Winks, all of whom have been called up to represent their country.

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Still, thanks to all of that summer transfer window activity, even if some of those players get injured, Mourinho now has a squad with plenty of strength and quality, in-depth.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 year ago

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