Are Spurs really title contenders?

Mauricio Pochettino has revitalised Tottenham Hotspur with attacking flair and defensive solidity and has now embraced talk of Spurs being title challengers by stating that he is ‘proud’ of his players for they must be playing exceptionally for there to be talk of a push for the Premier League crown. Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph has tipped Spurs for the title and Harry Redknapp says that the team is shaping up to become a powerful force in the Premier League. But, realistically, do Spurs have the capability and consistency to stay in touch with the main title challengers?

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Consistency the key

Tottenham, thus far, have shown consistency in their games throughout the season with the club still on a superb unbeaten run. And with games against West Brom, Newcastle, Watford, Southampton and Everton to come, the team will definitely have the confidence to believe that they can go top. Pochettino has added the ability to grind out results as manager of Tottenham with these skills helping to pick up vital points against Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. Yet despite the unbeaten run, the team have drawn more games than won and, if they do want to be considered as title contenders, we need to be picking up three points on a more regular basis.

Reinforcements

The last time Spurs were considered as title challengers was when they were in 2nd, two points off the top, in January of 2012. The team crumbled though due to lack of action in the January transfer window. Pochettino needs to ensure that he finds the necessary back-up for Harry Kane and has already been hinting that Spurs could have a new striker arriving at the Lane this winter.

Reliance on other teams

Spurs do though still have to rely heavily on other teams if they want to win the title. The only reason that they are actually competing for the top four is because of Chelsea’s collapse and with Manchester City failing to sustain their position  at the top of the league and Arsenal struggling due to injuries, this is Spurs’ best opportunity yet. Manchester United’s lack of attacking flair will definitely cost them and Leicester City aren’t really being considered currently. Is this the greatest Spurs team since 1961?

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