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Ranking Tottenham’s 10 Greatest Premier League Seasons

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Tottenham are often seen as the ​bridesmaid and never the bride. In recent years they’ve come close to tasting proper success, only to fall at the penultimate or final hurdle.

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However, it hasn’t been all bad for the north London outfit.

A club attuned to exciting expansive football down the years, Spurs fans have had the privilege of chanting the name of many a world-class attacking talent.

Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric once trod the boards for Tottenham, as did serial Champions League winner Gareth Bale, and who can forget the flowing locks and mercurial talent of one David Ginola?

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So without further ado, let’s take a look at Tottenham’s ten greatest ever Premier League seasons.

10. 2013/14

Position: 6th

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Emmanuel Adebayor,Tim Sherwood

The much-maligned Tim Sherwood actually did a pretty alright job at White Hart Lane. The former Spurs midfielder stepped up to the plate after André Villas-Boas was dismissed back in 2013.

Sherwood’s record against the top four left a lot to be desired but his Premier League win percentage of 59% eclipsed any manager before him. He called it second to none, which tells you a lot about ol’ Timmy.

However, Spurs finished ten points adrift of Arsenal and a sixth-placed finish was not enough to save Sherwood from being booted out the exit door by chairman Daniel Levy.

His sacking came just two days after he had led Spurs to a final day 3-0 home victory over ​Aston Villa.

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9. 2005/06

Position: 5th

Robbie Keane

Martin Jol’s second season in charge ensured European football was back at the Lane for the first time in 16 years.

The Dutchman led Spurs to fifth in what was a successful season for the club, even though they missed out to Arsenal in the race for the final Champions League spot.

Their attack was spearheaded by Irish goal machine Robbie Keane, who found the net 16 times in the league, and Spurs only lost out by two points to the fourth-placed Gunners.

8. 2012/13

Position: 5th

Fbl-Eng-Pr-Tottenham-Sunderland

The season that will forever be remembered as the year Gareth Bale went from prodigious talent to world-class superstar.

At times Bale was a man possessed as he single-handedly won games for Spurs. His last-minute thunderbolt at ​West Ham and his goal in the 2-1 win over Arsenal were just two of a multitude of memorable moments.

The Welsh wizard won both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for his exploits and guided Tottenham to their then-record top flight points tally of 72.

Bale scored a screamer against Sunderland in the final game of the season before he secured his dream move to ​Real Madrid that summer.

7. 2014/15

Position: 5th

Harry Kane

The highly-rated Mauricio Pochettino swapped the south coast for London as he left Southampton and took his place in the Spurs dugout.

But it wasn’t just Pochettino hitting the headlines. This was the campaign that thrust a certain Harry Kane into the limelight as the ‘he’s one of our own’ chant became the soundtrack of the Lane.

A 21-year-old Kane burst onto the scene to notch 21 goals in the league in a breakthrough season that saw him make his England debut and don the captain’s armband for Spurs for the first time.

He received the PFA Young Player of the Year award but Spurs were the nearly men again, finishing outside the Champions League places in fifth.


6. 2011/12

Position: 4th

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale (L) Cele

Remember when Emmanuel Adebayor was good? No, and in truth neither can I, but honestly this season the man from Togo was prolific.

Forming a relationship with a very young Bale, Adebayor finished as the club’s top goalscorer in the league with 17, a strike rate which proved vital in Spurs finishing fourth.

But despite their lofty position in the table, Harry Redknapp’s charges had to settle for a UEFA Cup spot as London rivals ​Chelsea stole their place by winning the Champions League.

5. 2009/10

Position: 4th

Tottenham Hotspurs Peter Crouch (C) Scor

The one where Peter Crouch secured Champions League qualification. Crouchy’s late header sealed a 1-0 win over Manchester City to send Spurs fans on a European tour the following campaign.

In a winner takes all clash at the Etihad, Crouch’s goal sealed Tottenham’s place in Europe’s premier competition at the expense of Roberto Mancini’s side.

Redknapp had come up trumps, guiding the Lilywhites to fourth and booking Spurs’ place among the continent’s elite for the first time in 50 years.


4. 2018/19

Position: 4th

Son Heung-Min

Pochettino’s last full campaign in charge of Spurs, which is quite remarkable considering the Argentine came so close to achieving the ultimate success on Europe’s biggest stage.

On the continent, Spurs overachieved, creating historic moments such as that miraculous comeback against Ajax but agonisingly fell to Liverpool in the Champions League final.

As for the league, Pochettino’s charges secured a place at Europe’s top table for the fourth consecutive season, despite being catastrophically bad during the second half of the campaign.

3. 2015/16

Position: 3rd

Harry Kane,Dele Alli

It was a bitter-sweet season for Spurs, who despite finishing third will see this campaign as the one that got away, such was their record at the end of the term.

Going toe-to-toe with ​Leicester City, they fell away at the death and famously finished third in a two-horse race, behind the Foxes and Arsenal.

However, despite the disappointing finale, there were plenty of positives for Pochettino’s men, as Kane again led the way with 25 league goals to claim the Golden Boot.

It was also the season when Dele Alli rose from League One obscurity to become the Premier League’s new kid on the block in a memorable maiden top flight campaign that saw him score ten times in the league.

2. 2017/18

Position: 3rd

Dele Alli

Pochettino was the mastermind behind another top four finish for the north London outfit as Spurs again secured third in the overall league standings.

Wembley became Spurs’ adopted home and despite a slow start they not only guaranteed Champions League football for the following season but also reached the FA Cup semi finals.

Not only was their domestic campaign solid but Spurs also impressed on the continent as Pochettino’s young side topped a group including European powerhouses ​Real Madrid and ​Borussia Dortmund.

The highlight in Europe came when Spurs dismantled Madrid 3-1 at home while in the league, an Alli double helping seal a win by the same scoreline as away at bitter rivals Chelsea.

1. 2016/17

Position: 2nd

Harry Kane,Victor Wanyama

A poignant season for the Lilywhites as it marked their last at their old stomping ground, White Hart Lane. Spurs signed off in style as Pochettino’s men remained unbeaten on their own patch in the league but were always behind Chelsea in the title race.

Ultimately Chelsea pipped them to the post but Spurs still produced the club’s best-ever finish in the Premier League era.

Kane’s tally of 29 goals helped the English forward clinch the Golden Boot award for the second consecutive season, making him only the fifth ever Premier League player to do so.

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