Much has been made of the lack of activity in the transfer market at Tottenham Hotspur, with all of their rivals spending vast sums of money, Spurs are yet to make a single summer signing. However, history suggests that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Here at Betting Sites we take a look at the reasons why we believe Spurs should not be written off in the race for the 2017/18 Premier League title.
Spending doesn't guarantee success
Spurs know better than most that spending vast sums of cash does not guarantee success, far from it. Whilst their current best XI incredibly cost less than £80m, even the shrewd negotiator Daniel Levy is known to have got it severely wrong when spending big in the past. Perhaps Spurs' inactivity is partially down to Levy's fear of another multi-million-pound mistake.
This time last year, Spurs brought in Moussa Sissoko (£30m) and Vincent Janssen (£19m), whilst Roberto Soldado (£26m), Paulinho (£17m) and Erik Lamela (£28m) all proved to be costly mistakes in previous seasons.
Consistency is key
Whilst all teams stress the importance of big squads, no club have ever won the Premier League title without a balanced starting XI. From Manchester United's first Premier League triumph in 1993, Arsenal's 'Invincibles', Leicester's surprise winners, right through to Chelsea's success last year, most people could easily name at least 8 or 9 players that make up their first eleven. The same can be said of this current Spurs side. How many managers will go into their first league game this season knowing their strongest XI? Not many.
Bedding in period
With so much money being forked out by Premier League sides, inevitably most of the top sides will take a few games to get to know their new teammates. Bookies' favourites, Man City have signed players from Spain, Portugal, Brazil and France. Pep Guardiola will be extremely fortunate if none of his new players suffer from home sickness in their first few months.
After finishing third in 2015/16 and second in 2016/17, many believe that a good summer could've seen Spurs go one better this season and land a first top-flight league title since 1961. Whilst fans may be concerned about their lack of signings, the potential starting XI of Lloris, Rose, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Dembele, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli and Kane is more than capable of beating anyone. Could their squad unity prove the difference? The club's Latin motto, Audere est Facere (To Dare is To Do) could be quite poignant if Spurs dare to buck the trend of their big-spending rivals and land a maiden Premier League title at their temporary Wembley home.
2017/18 Premier League title odds (courtesy of William Hill):
Manchester City - 7/4
Chelsea - 7/2
Manchester United - 10/3
Tottenham Hotspur - 10/1
Arsenal - 12/1
Liverpool - 12/1