During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with Chris Baker. “I’m Chris Baker. I’ve been obsessed with Tottenham Hotspur and football in general since 1994. I’ve been fortunate enough to follow Spurs at home, away and abroad. I’ve been a season ticket holder at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2014, I was on the waiting list for 14 years before getting one. I’m also a qualified Sports Journalist. I graduated with a 2:1 degree in Sports Journalism from Staffordshire University. My twitter handle is @CDBaker86.”
So, with that said, let’s carry on with the interview:
So, looking to next season, how do you think this squad will perform and what are your expectations for that? Do you see the team back in the top four?
I always like to be hopeful and optimistic when it comes to Spurs. I really hope Jose Mourinho can deliver a trophy. I think we will challenge for a top-4 spot, but it will be really tough next season. Liverpool and Manchester City are already a long way ahead of us and will strengthen their squads further. Chelsea and Manchester United have Champions League football to look forward to and Chelsea in particular are already making some pretty serious statements of intent with the purchases of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and potentially Kai Havertz. United will also definitely be making some moves in the market with Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish amongst others being strongly linked. Arsenal have clearly improved under Mikel Arteta and if they can keep Aubameyang in addition bringing in people like Willian then they will definitely in the mix for the top 4 next season. Then you also have the likes of Leicester, Wolves and Everton coming into contention. It may well be one of the most competitive Premier League’s in a good number of years. There is always the potential for a surprise package like Sheffield United were last season.
The Europa League could be a really important competition for Tottenham Hotspur next season. It’s another potential trophy to go for and it could be our best route into the Champions League for the 2021/2022 season.
Recruitment will be key I think. Who Jose Mourinho buys and sells will be crucial. Hopefully he will be backed in the transfer market. Obviously, every team has taken a hit financially due to the pandemic (Spurs perhaps more than most) but we are still the 8th richest club in the world and we have reduced our wage bill since the end of the season. So, there should still be some money to spend which will be supplemented by player sales.
Our run of form with 1 defeat in 9 during Project Restart gave reasons to believe that we will have a better season next year. We also had a horrendous time with injuries last season but our players also needed to be managed better in order to minimise the risk of muscle injuries. If I had to make a prediction based on where Spurs are today, I would say that we’ll come 5th with hopefully a trophy in cabinet to go along with it (preferably the Europa League but if not I would love us to win the FA Cup, it has been far too long since we won it but wouldn’t say no to a League Cup either – we can’t be too fussy). If we could achieve that then I think most Tottenham fans would be more than happy.
So, that concludes the this interview, thank you very much for reading, we hope you enjoyed it. If you did enjoy reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what Chris is up to, you can visit his Twitter page here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.