After a slow start, it looked as though 2015/16 could prove a difficult one for Tottenham Hotspur.
But a run which has seen them go 12 games unbeaten, and has included impressive wins over Manchester City and West Ham, sees many now tipping them for a top-four finish.
So what three things have we learnt about Spurs after 13 games?
1) Spurs have the present and future of England.
After Harry Kane’s emergence last term, Dele Alli and Eric Dier have this season played themselves into the England side. Alli put in a man of the match performance and scored the opener on his full debut against France, whilst Dier produced a solid display in front of the back-four in the same match. With Kane 22, Dier 21 and Alli 19, this Spurs trio, along with fellow Spurs squad members Ryan Mason (24), Andros Townsend (24), Danny Rose (25) and Kyle Walker (25), could form a big part of the Three Lions’ present and future.
2) Dele Alli is one for the present.
After joining up with the first-team in the summer following his move from MK Dons, nobody really expected Dele Alli to make the instant impact he has at White Hart Lane. Impressive both on and off the ball, and able to play all across the midfield, the 19-year-old is a supreme talent. He’s already found the net twice and made 12 key passes in 12 Premier League appearances, but it’s his overall performance and ability to get up and down the pitch which has caught the eye. This saw him earn that call-up to the England squad in which he excelled against France, showing he is one for the present and not just the future.
3) Harry Kane is not a ‘one season wonder’.
In typical style, instead of many English football fans embracing the achievements of Harry Kane last term, many were quick to label him a ‘one season wonder’. But after a frustrating spell earlier this season, the 22-year-old has shown why he’s many people’s pick to be England’s main striker at Euro 2016. Eight goals in his last five Spurs matches, plus two earlier in the season in international qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland, shows he certainly hasn’t forgot where the goal is. Ask many Tottenham fans and they will also tell you that the rest of his game has improved over the summer.