The business end of the season is really starting to pick up pace in the Barclays Premier League and there is a select group of clubs now who can look at this league and think they can win it, can Tottenham really put themselves in this equation?
From the start of the season one of the most used phrases to describe the Premier League this season is ‘it looks like nobody wants to win it’. This is true at the beginning of the campaign much of the talk was that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City would be the front-runners to win the league, five months on and it looks a potential four horse race between Arsenal, surprise package Leicester City, the inconsistent Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs. Tottenham have been perhaps the league’s most consistent side, two defeats at this stage of the season and having the league’s best defensive record is a great credit to them but looking at what has happened this season surely they should be looking towards actually winning this league.
With the summer addition of Toby Alderweireld partnering fellow Belgian Jan Vertonghen in the heart of their defence they have looked very strong at the back. Eric Dier holding the midfield and giving fantastic protection to his defence has been amongst the league’s most underrated performers. Then the rise of Dele Alli, such a naturally gifted player, only 19 but has the football mind and brain of a seasoned professional. The revival of Moussa Dembele cannot be understated either, such a talent but in recent seasons withdrew into the wilderness, but Mauricio Pochettino has brought him back in and showing just how good a player he is. The performances of Eric Lamela this season has really started showing why there has been all the hype over the young Argentine and re-paying somewhat of his huge transfer fee and the faith shown in him. Finally, Harry Kane started the season without firing the goals in and receiving harsh criticism but look at him now, 15 goals in all competitions at this stage is a fantastic return and is showing why he is among the best strikers in England if not in Europe. The manager Mauricio Pochettino has yet again proved himself amongst the league’s best managers. His squad of players are a young group with vital experience in important areas of the pitch. The centre of his midfield in depth is young with Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll and Alex Pritchard, to show such faith in young home-grown players also is a massive credit to Pochettino and his style of management.
The biggest weakness this Tottenham side could possibly face is the depth in front areas to combat Europa League football and a real push to win the Premier League. If an injury occurs to Harry Kane do they have enough options to replace him? Clinton Njié is a forward who relies on his pace but has yet to light up the Premier League and Son Heung-min looks more effective playing off a frontman or cutting in from wide areas. Whether Pochettino will look to add another striker remains to be seen, but surely it could be worth another bid for Saido Berahino or perhaps going to look at an unhappy Jackson Martinez at Athletico Madrid or perhaps Bas Dost who is in and out of the Wolfsburg first team.
This could be a massive opportunity for Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham to win the league; though even to win a Champions League place would be a fantastic achievement. The rising stock of Pochettino could make it hard for Tottenham to hold onto their Argentine manager but this is an opportunity for a big season for the club. Tottenham fans should be very optimistic with what this group of players could achieve come the end of the season.