Forget the title tale, Tottenham's points tally puts their season in perspective

Their final points tally is one that exceeded expecations but wouldn't normally have resulted in a title tilt

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Tottenham's Harry Kane, centre, celebrates after he scores a goal with Christian Eriksen, left, and Son Heung-min, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

As the dust settles this summer, Tottenham's future looks very bright ahead of next season.

But as narratives go, it could be easy to rely on short-term memories and paint the 2015-16 campaign as one of Spurs missing out on the Premier League title thanks to successive draws against West Brom and Chelsea.

But rather, it's the bigger picture that should be the biggest takeaway from Spurs' season.

For so long, the club has had its sights set on becoming an established Top Four side.

They had achieved that very feat in 2010 when they beat Manchester City to fourth place and followed it up with a Champions League quarter-final run, while only Chelsea's final victory in the 2012 final cost Spurs another place in Europe's elite club competition.

Tottenham had remained in the Top 6 ever since and the objective again at the start of this season was to consolidate that position and maybe sneak into the Top 4 if one or two of the established sides slipped up, as they did in 2010 when Rafa Benitez's Liverpool dropped to 7th.

As it happened, all the traditional giants fell from their lofty perches this time.

Scorer of the winning goal Tottenham Hotspur's Peter Crouch celebrates after defeating Manchester City in their English Premier League soccer match at The City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday May 5, 2010 to secure a Top Four place (AP Photo/Jon Super)

In Liverpool's case, the Reds remained mired in mediocrity, two seasons on from almost winning the league. Chelsea's fall was far more dramatic, Arsenal remained static, Manchester United are still in transition and Manchester City inconsistent.

All that opened up a chance for Spurs to break into a lucrative position.

They have got to 70 points so far this season, with two games remaining. Should they win their final two games, it will cement second and leave them on 76 points.

But in each of the past six seasons, that would have been a points tally adequate enough to break into the Champions League places, except for the 2013-14 campaign when Arsenal took fourth with 79.

However, it wouldn't normally be title a title-challenging points haul in most seasons, which on one hand shows how inconsistent this season has been in comparison to the norm. On the other hand, it shows how Tottenham raised their game to match their main objective for this season which was to capitalise on slip-ups in the Top Four race. 

Yet as the season wore on, objectives naturally changed as it became ever clearer that the status quo was about to be blown apart.

Leicester have been the ultimate beneficiary of that sea change this season, but even though Tottenham ultimately fell short, the story should be that they exceeded every expectation made of them last August and achieved their main goal.