Keano played his best football the second part of the season for the Spurs. He is one of the best finishers in football and is absolutely lethal in the box. Keano is like an octopus with his legs everywhere when he gets the ball. Its hard for defenders to disposess him of the ball. He finished as one of the top four strikers in the EPL with sixteen goals overtaking Mido. Keano leads by example and his upbeat personality made it easier for players and fans to accept him as the captain since Ledley King got injured. Tottenham also have the services of Dimitar Berbatov, acquired from Bayer Leverkausen for £ 10.9 million. Berbatov had some great years with Leverkausen and has already made an impact scoring two goals in two minutes in a friendly against Birmingham.
Edgar Davids was spurned by Marco Van Basten because of his emphasis on youth but Davids is one of the most untiring of midfielders and is just a pitbull on the prowl. He is incensed that Van Basten overlooked him and is dying to prove he is not over the hill. Personally, I think Van Basten made one of his biggest mistakes by not taking Davids. He would have been all over Maniche and Figo in that Netherlands - Portugal match. He makes Gennaro Gattuso, another ferocious midfielder look amateurish.
Tottenham has a great bunch of midfielders whose talent get drowned out because there is so much focus on the likes of Lampard, Gerrard, Cole, and Ljungberg. Tottenham have the services of Teemu Taino who is a better player than Michael Carrick when healthy. Didier Zokora is the new kid on the block and he impressed in the Cote D'Ivoire campaign in the World Cup. Zokora is a strong tackler of the ball and as a midfielder sits back deep in the field starting counterattacks. Aaron Lennon, small and swift made such a great impression at the World Cup, in his all too brief appearances. He should make a great impact this season too.
Tottenham looks soild in goal with Paul Robinson who was a bit off with his keeping in the World Cup but should regain his form for this year's EPL season. The only question mark is defence with Ledley King almost out for six months with his recent knee injury. Tottenham have good talent in Frenchmen Dorian Dervitte and Calum Davenport. Martin Jol will have to bring them out and give them extended minutes.
Tottenham's strength is its toughness as a team with great team spirit and having a natural leader like Robbie Keane, brings on and off the field. They have a pugnacious and outspoken coach in Martin Jol, who has managed to change the fortunes of the Spurs in the last two seasons that he has coached them.
All they have to do is keep away from the notorious norovirus that led them to lose the fourth spot to Arsenal, who gained the last Champions league spot, when 10 players were struck down by food poisoning and led them to lose to their final game to the Hammers, 2-1.
My prediction: Tottenham will be in the top four.