Defined in the Urban Dictionary as ‘to consistently and inevitably fail to live up to expectations’, the word ‘Spursy’ may have been finally been put to bed by a certain Mauricio Pochettino. Spurs have not only added extra back-bone to their defence but scored plenty of goals and are consequently pushing themselves up the league steadily but surely, remaining unbeaten since the opening day of the season. And with the top teams stuttering, can Spurs capitalise by creeping into the top four this weekend?Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City played ‘awfully’ according to keeper Joe Hart in the game in which they narrowly beat Swansea thanks to an injury time deflected winner. Arsenal have been hit by a wave of injury problems and Manchester United are struggling to score goals and lost to Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday evening. Chelsea are hovering mid-table and Liverpool find themselves in a transitional period following the arrival of German manager Jurgen Klopp. This has presented Spurs with their best opportunity yet of securing Champions League football for 2016-17 and, with added defensive solidity, Spurs can finally rest their reputation for being ‘Spursy’ and show the world what drive and passion is really hidden in the hearts of this group of young and English talent.
Through to the last 32 of the Europa League with a game spare, 4-1 victories over Manchester City, West Ham and Monaco, a 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth. The list is endless and we run out of superlatives for the Tottenham players who have not only lived up to expectations but have exceeded them so far this season. Pundits dismissed Spurs’ chances of Champions League football on their failure to sign a striker with the deal to sign Saido Berahino failing. But Kane has proved that he isn’t a one season wonder and Dembele, Lamela and Eriksen have found renewed energy and form over the summer. Dier has been a revelation in defensive midfield and Alli has been performing exceptionally, as has the centre-back pairing of Alderweireld and Vertonghen. Walker is on the form of his life and Lloris is consistently solid in goal. Spurs clearly have a strong squad which can produce results and also grind them out. This is definitely top four material.Embed from Getty Images