How Tottenham should line up for the 2023-24 season: Richarlison has what it takes to replace Harry Kane - but star man's exit means the Champions League is out of reach


The 2022-23 campaign was nothing short of a disaster for Tottenham. They made their best start to a top-flight season in 59 years under Antonio Conte, picking up 23 point from their first 10 games, but spectacularly imploded thereafter.

By March, Spurs were out of the race for Champions League qualification and destined to extend their trophy drought to 15 years, and Conte was sacked after publicly questioning the commitment of his players. The Italian's assistant, Cristian Stellini, took charge on an interim basis, only to also face the axe after an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Newcastle at St James' Park.

It was pure chaos. Spurs have been in decline since Mauricio Pochettino's exit in 2019, but the collective standards slipped to unacceptable levels as they plummeted to eighth in the Premier League. The only man that could hold his head up high by the end of the season was Harry Kane.

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The England striker somehow managed to score 30 goals, despite the lack of quality around him, moving to within just 47 of Alan Shearer's all-time Premier League record. Kane deserves better, and he'll certainly be getting that after completing his big-money move to Bayern Munich. Spurs, meanwhile, face the almost impossible task of replacing his goals, leadership and all-round quality.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. Former Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is now at the helm, and he's made an excellent first impression with his no nonsense approach. He's also added a number of new players to his squad this summer, most noticeably England midfielder James Maddison.

The Australian is optimistic that he can end the club's long wait for silverware and get them competing for a place in the top-four again, and after a productive pre-season and some smart business, Spurs might just be on the brink of a resurgence even without Kane. But what does their strongest line-up look like now?