Would Tottenham Hotspur win the 2017-18 title if they stayed at White Hart Lane? IMO #14
I’m Will from Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, I am a keen journalist and sports fan, that is why I’m re-launching my sport-based series of articles called IMO (standing for ‘in my opinion’).
I will add to this series once a month, so you can always look forward to some new sports articles arriving at the YJA website!
Close title contenders of the 2016-17 season, Tottenham Hotspur, have been prolifically frequenting the top of the table since the Premier League was born. Top football journalists have been predicting that Spurs will stand a brilliant chance of topping the 2017-18 table if they were to stay at home ground White Hart Lane.
A well-known Spurs side have been awaiting their finish at the top of the table since the 1960s when they won what was known then as the first division. With what was voted for as the PFA Young Player of the year (Dele Alli) and second top goal scorer in the Premier League, Harry Kane, it is a wonder as to why they haven’t had the chance of experiencing lifting the famous trophy.
Ex-Tottenham player, Jermaine Jenas, has spoken about how being away from White Hart Lane might affect the side, he said: “The only thing that worries me at the moment about next season for Tottenham is that they will be playing their home games at Wembley.”
Jermaine is nowhere near good enough to be called a legend, however he was a well-known player and certainly left his mark on the club with his fantastic range of passing and shooting ability as good as most strikers in the Premier League at the time. He wasn’t one to be diving or on the floor often as he was a tough nut, so he would know what he was talking about when it came to the Spurs.
For the fans it has been a huge shame to see the old stadium knocked down even though they are practically just going in to the same stadium as half of the ground is yet to be built as they need half of White Hart lane to complete it!
On another level, in my opinion, one rule that the Premier League are stupidly enforcing is the rule that Spurs are not allowed to change the pitch size to make it the same as at the Lane. Tottenham have been in such brilliant form this season on a pitch that is 440 square metres smaller than the one they will play on at Wembley.
Spurs will have to adapt quickly as one whole season is a long time to play shabby football and give away the ball (which they are most likely to do at a new ground) at what will be known as their ‘home’ ground for the season that could have seen them win the league.
Whether Tottenham will be able to cope at Wembley is still up for debate, but in my opinion if the players are ‘world class’ like they are supposed to be, it will be a walk in the park for them.
Will, YJA Sports Correspondent
Senior Young Journalist
Year 6, Heighington Millfield Primary Academy