Spurs finish campaign with 3-0 win over Sheffield United

Two goals from attacker Dejan Kulusevski and another from right-back Pedro Porro helped lead Spurs to a 3-0 win at Sheffield United. The result clinched both a fifth-place finish and Europa League spot for next season.
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Sheffield United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

With a 3-0 victory over the already relegated Sheffield United on Sunday, the 2023/24 Premier League campaign is now complete for Tottenham Hotspur.

Following a very disappointing eighth-place finish in which the side imploded under three different managers last season, Spurs really began to turn things around under first-year manager Ange Postecoglou.

The North London side finished fifth in the Premier League with 66 points and locked up a spot in the Europa League for next season. This should promise more playing time for the young players and possible new additions that Postecoglou and Technical Director Johan Lange might make to the squad come the summer transfer window, which begins June 14th.

Before we look ahead to the future though, let's discuss the weekend's turn of events.

Coming off a tough 2-0 loss against Manchester City on Tuesday, a win on Sunday was just what The Lilywhites needed to finish off a season in which definite progress has been made.

As much as Big Ange talks about his goal of winning the Premier League, not coming in fifth place, it is still a massive improvement from the disaster that unfolded under former manager Antonio Conte and ensuing caretakers Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason.

Goals in both halves by winger Dejan Kulusevski (in the 14th and 65th minutes) and right back Pedro Porro (in the 59th minute) helped clinch a win for Tottenham on the road.

Spurs led in every major category in the match, including total shots (18 to six), shots on target (nine to one), chances created (17 to five) and possession (76.1 percent to 23.9 percent) (FOTMOB).

Is this the showing that they should have put on against an already relegated side? Yeah, of course it was. But does it make this season ending victory any less sweet? No, it definitely does not.

Other standouts on the day include goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, who kept a clean sheet, even though he only faced one shot on target all afternoon.

Spurs' back four of Porro, center-backs Cristian Romero and Radu Dragusin, plus left back Micky Van de Ven, all had excellent matches as well, helping to keep the home side's attack largely nonexistent throughout the day.

Even young starlets Mikey Moore (who made his second straight Premier League appearance) and Dane Scarlett made appearances towards the end of the match, giving visiting Lilywhite fans a glimpse of the potential future.

Now that the season is officially wrapped up, that future may be here sooner than some realize. With the start of the 2024/25 Premier League season already a little less than three months away, the countdown is on for Big Ange and Lange, as well as consultant Fabio Paratici (the former director of football), chief football officer Scott Munn and club chairman Daniel Levy, to make changes to the squad.

Postecoglou has been vocal about the need for more change, and quickly too. In order for the club to take that next step and make a true, sustained challenge for the Premier League title next season (as well as in seasons to come), more outgoing and incoming transfers will be needed to round the squad into a team of the Aussie gaffer's making.

All in all, the 2023/24 season was a great first start.

As nice as winning a trophy or two would have been, Tottenham is on the right track. Sitting back and not being aggressive is not the right choice now. Spurs must dare. Spurs must do.

The future of the Postecoglou era, and for the club itself, is dependent on how they move forward. It is time to stay true to the club's motto and bring silverware back to North London, back to a fan base that so desperately craves it, starting next season.