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Spurs, Top Four Hopefuls or Title Contenders?

Wednesday 4th January 2012
Looking forward to the premiership season back in August, I really didn't have much hope for Spurs breaking into the top four and ultimately landing a Champions League spot. I don't think many did including a certain Luka Modric, who was almost destined for Chelsea as it seemed both player and club were crying out for each other.

Luckily for Spurs, they have an ambitious owner in Daniel Levy and an increasingly reputable Harry Redknapp who were determined to keep hold of their biggest stars and mount what now seems like a serious title challenge. Every credit ultimately has to go to the powers that be as Tottenham now look like a real force in the reckoning, and in my opinion possess some of the best players in the Premiership, if not the world in their now star studded squad. Names such as Bale, Lennon, Adebayor and indeed Modric have been devastating for Spurs this season and it reflects in the current standings.

Although the ever impressive Spurs, now 6 points behind Man City with a game in hand lie in third spot, one has to question whether their climb is indeed due to the disappointing starts to the season both Chelsea and Arsenal have had. Both have failed to live up to expectations this season, with Chelsea particularly poor under a newly guided up and coming coach in Andre Villas-Boas. I then look at the stats. At Christmas, Spurs had remarkably accumulated the same number of points Manchester United did when they went on to win the title this time last year. It then becomes clear that Spurs have in fact come on leaps and bounds this season, with the only thing stopping them from table topping are the two Manchester clubs who, apart from Barcelona and Real Madrid, it's hard to find and better teams in the world.

Harry Redknapp has to take a huge amount of praise for the way he has structured his side this season. Anytime I have watched Spurs this year, they attack, attack and do not sit back. One can only admire this type of football and you can see it in the players eyes that they fully believe in themselves, and ultimately fear nobody. With the spark of van der Vaart, pace of Lennon and Bale, consistency of Parker and Modric all combined with the sheer menace of Adebayor who for me has been the signing of the season (considering they got him for nothing and are only paying half his wages), Spurs will not only looking to ensure a top four spot, but will be wondering if they can win it. A massive ask yes, an unlikely outcome surely... but I for one wouldn't be in the slightest bit surprised to see Dawson and Parker lift the trophy come the end of the season.

Consistency holds the key for Redknapp and his side, as his back-line has hardly been convincing this season with injury after injury mounting for key central defenders. But if Mr Levy can be persuaded to invest in a new centre half such as Chris Samba or possibly Gary Cahill along with keeping hold of their key players, Redknapp's men can start preparing for glory come the end of May. It can hardly be bad for what was tipped to be a struggle for fourth spot almost four months ago.
Stephen O'Brien

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