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Tottenham’s position in pursuit of in-demand talent shows how far they’ve come

If teams were judged on silverware alone, Tottenham’s recent progress wouldn’t be visible. After all, they are yet to win a trophy under Mauricio Pochettino, and it’s fair to say that a Premier League title chase is a long way off. However, if you look beyond trophies, it’s fair to say that the Lilywhites have enjoyed perhaps the most remarkable rise in the Premier League over the last few seasons.

Since Mauricio Pochettino came in back in 2014, Spurs have seen their prominence in the Premier League rise considerably. They’ve been a competitive side in England for a number of years, but they’ve taken it to the next level in recent seasons – as highlighted by their recent league finishes.

They’re now a regular competitor in the Champions League, having helped to break the monopoly held by the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd, and undeniably they’re amongst Europe’s most impressive teams.

As a result, it’s no real surprise to see that they’re doing so well in European competition this term, with Pochetino’s men potentially 180 minutes from a Champions League final. That serves as tangible evidence of their growth.

However, one area in which the Lilywhites have continually been held back is with regards to their ability to attract top talent. They’ve always had to rely on signing unknown players as opposed to in-demand European faces, with players like Dele Alli, for example, making their name in north London.

However, is that changing? Well, the latest update on their pursuit of one man suggests that it might be. Indeed, according to the Express, Tottenham are leading the race for Fulham ace Ryan Sessegnon, who is also attracting interest from Italian giants Juventus.

Of course, on paper Tottenham hold a slight advantage, in that as an 18-year-old Londoner, Sessegnon may be attracted to staying put rather than moving abroad to such a big team – but in reality, it’s quite different. Tottenham wouldn’t have been able to compete with a team like Juventus in the past, given their financial power, stature and success – but that’s no longer the case.

Indeed, in reality, the Lilywhites are arguably an even better project for top young talent than Juventus. With a proven focus on development, a talented manager, regular European football and genuine progression on the cards – what’s not to love?

Tottenham have entered a new era with the building of their new stadium, but the truth is that the new era has been bubbling for some time. Pochettino has been turning the Lilywhites into a premium destination for impressive talent, and Sessegnon’s potential move to the club would serve to highlight that.

Tottenham fans – will Sessegnon join? Let us know below!

Tottenham’s position in pursuit of in-demand talent shows how far they’ve come
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