Tottenham Hostpur are rumoured to be playing their first home matches inside the long-awaited new stadium in April, but will this change in atmosphere mean a change in winning mentality?
Spurs have often refused to spend the desired amount of money in the transfer market, and this was highlighted in the last two transfer windows, when with the expenses incurred in building the new stadium, the London club became the first ever Premier League club to not make a single transfer into the club in both the summer, and the January transfer windows.
As a result, plenty of pundits have come out and said that Spurs need to invest, no matter what. Former Arsenal player, Ray Parlour, thinks that Tottenham need to invest once they move into their new stadium, or else, they will be running the risk of enduring the same sort of fate that Arsenal have had ever since they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The Arsenal legend said, "They have an excellent team, but they need that bit more investment to get the right players in."
Unlike last season, Spurs have shown great fight at their temporary home at Wembley Stadium, and have won most of their matches this season, at home.
However, they have still managed to retain that tag of "bottling" things up in the league and other domestic competitions, losing some crucial and very winnable games that would have led them to become title contenders. This has been improved slightly by the way that they demolished Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, progressing through to the Quarter Finals in the process.
Yet, Tottenham's trophy cabinet speaks for itself, when their last trophy was the League Cup way back in 2008, whilst clubs that have underachieved in recent seasons, such as Arsenal and Manchester United, have still managed to win plenty of trophies, with Arsenal most notably winning three FA Cups in the space of four years, whilst Manchester United have won the Europa League, the FA Cup, and the League Cup since 2014.
If Tottenham do want to challenge for titles and eventually win some in the future, they have to keep hold of their best players, whilst also retaining the atmosphere that was present in the old White Hart Lane, that will surely boost their title hopes. Apart from this, they have to also try to keep Mauricio Pochettino at the club, with plenty of interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United.
The opening matches to be played at the new Tottenham stadium are going to be either Brighton on April 6th/7th, or else Crystal Palace on April 3rd.