Spurs are sitting pretty in a Champions League spot going into week 24 of the Premier League but should they really be sitting top of the tree? Spurs have a superb spine in the form of Lloris, Vertonghen and Alderweireld, Dembele and Dier and Kane up front and have impressed pundits this season with their defensive solidity and attacking flair and creativity. Will luck ever be in North London?Embed from Getty Images
In which matches should Spurs have picked up more points
- Man Utd 1-0 Spurs – a closely fought match and an unlucky own goal separated the sides – FAIR RESULT = DRAW
- Spurs 2-2 Stoke – the team should have been capable of holding out for the win having gone two up before half time. WIN
- Leicester 1-1 Spurs – a defensive lapse saw the team concede in the dying minutes after grabbing what seemed to be the winner. WIN
- Arsenal 1-1 Spurs – a late Kieran Gibbs equaliser cancelled out Kane’s opener. Spurs were on top of the game and should have come away with the full 3 points. WIN
- Everton 1-1 Spurs – the Lilywhites had a host of chances and hit the woodwork twice and were definitely the better team. WIN
- Spurs 0-1 Leicester – Spurs had several great chances during the match but Huth’s header sealed it for the visitors. DRAW
Additional points – 10
Could Spurs be on 52 points?
Stop dwelling on the past and focussing on the future
As Mauricio Pochettino has been emphasising this season, the squad are taking each game at a time, disregarding league position and the opposition. No match is easy in the Premier League but, with Pochettino’s guidance, Spurs surely have the quality and quantity to reach the Champions League for the first time since the days when Harry Redknapp was at the helm.Embed from Getty Images
The press are reporting that Andros Townsend is leaving Spurs for Newcastle after the two teams came together to agree a fee of around £12 million for the England international winger. Townsend posted on his official Twitter account that it was emotional driving out of Hotspur Way after spending 16 years with the North London team having come through the youth ranks as a youngster.
Pochettino has apparently intervened with Daniel Levy to convince him to sell Townsend after the Argentine was impressed with the way he improved after the row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner. Townsend was dropped after the row with Gardiner after the win in the Premier League over Aston Villa. According to The Guardian, Pochettino allowed him to leave as a ‘goodwill gesture’.
Vertonghen Injury Update
The Daily Telegraph has been reporting that Vertonghen may face up to 2 months out with his knee injury, a serious blow to Tottenham’s possible title challenge. However, Kevin Wimmer has been impressive in recent matches, such as against Leicester in the FA Cup, and will be likely to fill the hole made by Vertonghen’s absence. Eric Dier can also move back into the centre defensive position so there are no defensive concerns for Spurs as we approach the business end of the January transfer window.