Can Spurs really win the title?

by admin

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
 

All of a sudden Tottenham Hotspur has found itself being thought of as genuine title contenders. Past players and pundits have lined up to wax lyrical about Harry Redknapp and his wonderful team of young, pacy attacking players.

Those looking at online bookmaker reviews note how Bale, Lennon, Modric and Walker have all had great starts to the campaign. The introduction of Scott Parker into central midfield, whilst tough on players like Sandro and Huddlestone, has been a masterstroke by Redknapp. Manchester United must be kicking themselves that they didn’t try harder to get their hands on the dogged, ex-West Ham dynamo.

Spurs are unbeaten in the league since August (the 5-1 home defeat largely thanks to an imperious display by Man City’s Edin Dzeko). 10 wins and one draw (away to Newcastle) have followed.

It is all the more impressive when you add that this streak includes a 4-0 thrashing against Liverpool, beating Arsenal, and 28 goals in the 11 fixtures, spread out evenly between strikers and midfielders alike. Recently Emmanuel Adebayor has started to become a more reliable goal scorer and midfielders Bale and van der Vaart will always get you goals.

Just look at the selection of players Harry will likely have on the bench for Spurs’ game at Stoke tomorrow. Pienaar, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko, King, Sandro, Corluka. In the past, squad depth was a problem for Spurs.

It now looks like Harry has built more than simply a great team of 11 players; he has built a great team of about 18 players. The difference is huge, just ask Alex Ferguson. Manchester United are struggling to put together a midfield, Arsenal and Chelsea cannot get their central defence right, and Liverpool can’t get their strikers scoring goals. Spurs on the other hand can boast a wealth of depth in all these areas. Man City can too though.

There are no obvious reasons why Spurs can’t be challenging for the title come April. They don’t have any European commitments – they were rather ignominiously knocked out of the Europa League by minnows PAOK Salonica last week.

In Redknapp they have a great manager. In Bale they have one of the most devastating players in the country. Only a fool would rule them out at this stage.

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this, as ever. Can Tottenham win the title? Can they leapfrog the two Manchester clubs?

Both City and United have slipped up of late of course, so can Tottenham maintain their excellent form and go all the way? Many believe they can, but what do you think?

Much might depend on who they can bring in during January?

 

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