Alan Hansen, BBC pundit and Telegraph columnist, believes that Tottenham are the equipped side to break into the top four and anything other than a Champions League place will be seen as a letdown.

Hansen said: “there is a vast chasm between fourth and fifth that does not exist, say, between fifth and sixth. Finishing fourth represents a fantastic campaign, increasing a club’s revenue streams and enabling the manager to go out and buy better players. Fifth can be seen only as a disappointment.”

“Though both Spurs and Manchester City, their closest challengers, have the look of sides who could become realistic, regular challengers for both the top four and even the Premier League title over the next few seasons, at the moment it is Harry Redknapp’s side who are the more impressive.

“They have the better players, the better team and their strength in depth is as good as there is in the league.” (Daily Telegraph)

The Spurs faithful would obviously be downhearted to see their side finish below fourth as they are now in pole position with their destiny in their hands, but will other football fans consider them to be failures if they didn’t?

I’m not so sure they would and they will probably point towards Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s chequebook at Manchester City as the main reason. But the Sheikh has spent over £200m trying to make the Citizens a top four club. However, considering they cannot even muster a title challenge after spending that kind of cash is something of a joke if you take into account the apparent decline – judging by the amount of losses this season – of Chelsea, Manchester United and most drastically Liverpool.

In their own defence Spurs’ fans will also point out that they should already have broken the top four only to fall victim of a dodgy lasagne. They would also highlight the achievement of Harry Redknapp, who has done an amazing job considering the White Hart Lane were at the wrong end of the table when he arrived and the fact they are in the position they are is a fantastic achievement. It now looks likely that the race for fourth is between Tottenham and Manchester City, with the likely decider being their clash at the City of Manchester Stadium on May 5.

We all know about City’s billions and the investment they have put into their squad, but does anybody really think they are a better side than Tottenham right now?

I do not think they are. Sure the Sky Blues have impressive talents such as Carlos Tevez, Adam Johnson, Nigel De Jong and Vicent Kompany amongst their ranks not to mention a few more. But Spurs are blessed with talent too (many of which didn’t come so cheap either) Jermain Defoe, Ledley King, Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Luca Modric, who I suspect is the sort of playmaker Man City would love to have.

Such is City’s spending power someone will get it right eventually – maybe even the wally who wear scarves in April – so Tottenham’s time will have to be this season if they are to earn that much coveted fourth spot, right?

The Eastlands outfit has so far spent a lot of money trying to attract the world’s best, but because they lack Champions League status the Kaka’s, Samuel Eto’o’s and Dimitar Berbatov’s have all shunned the Sky Blues for clubs competing in UEFA’s flagship tournament. Now, if they were to qualify for the competition they crave so much to be in then in theory they will be able to attract a much higher standard of player like Chelsea were able to do as they were already a Champions League side before Roman Abramovich arrived.

If Harry Redknapp doesn’t see his side into the top four this season then he undoubtedly faces a much harder task to do it next year. I doubt whether Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will collectively lose as many games as they have done this season and as I have already mentioned City will be likely to invest heavily this summer.

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  • Tony
    4 years ago

    Tottenham should be happy with the season they are having, regardless where they finish in 2 weeks. Hansen is chatting rubbish as always lol. good article Ant, keep it going mate.

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  • Nicholas
    4 years ago

    I agree we need to secure fourth place this year because it will be even harder next year. However if we can attain the holy grail that is fourth place we can potentially stay there for years to come. It is supposed to be worth £30m (being the champions league), and with the sale of a few fringe players- perhaps jenas, keane and Hutton we could raise another 16 or so million. With almost £50m to spend and the attraction of champions league football, we could make the kind of signings that we would need to, dare I say, challenge for the title. We could sign a edin dzeko and a kjaer for around £40m which I think would put us in good stead to stay in the top four and even mount a title challenge. But like I and Anthony Williams crucially underlined, we need to get fourth place and as it is in our hands, I would be bitterly disappointed to see is anywhere but that final champions league spot.

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  • Zarif Rasul
    4 years ago

    Yet another compelling read Anthony.

    I think more than anything Spurs have made progress this season, and whether they finish fourth or fifth won’t really affect that. Providing they keep the nucleus of their team and maintain the depth of their squad I think they will do well next season too (although they really need to change that “haven’t won away against a Big Four team in donkeys years” statistic).

    Much of the mainstream media seem to gloss over the millions that they’ve spent though, but then again, their manager is English isn’t he :P?

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  • Tom
    4 years ago

    Nicholas I agree, a line up of
    gomes
    corluka king/woodgate dawson/kjaer bale
    lennon palacios sandro modric
    defoe dzeko
    for home games and ‘easier’ away games
    and a line up of
    gomes
    corluka king/woodgate dawson/kjaer assou-ekotto
    lennon palacios sandro bale
    modric
    dzeko
    for away and more difficult games would be a force to be reckoned with

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  • Anthony Williams
    4 years ago

    Thanks for the comments guys. I also think Spurs have achieved a lot this term regardless of a fourth/fifth placed finish.
    But they do want Champions League and although I’m not particularly fond of Spurs I reckon it’ll be good to have an English manager having a crack at the Champs League.

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  • Øivind
    4 years ago

    Liverpool will struggle finish top 10 next season. The top 4 will be a race between Man U, Chelsea, Ar2ena1, Man City, Villa and Spurs.

    If Spurs get some selfbelive, they should be a title threat. They have already signed Sandro for next season, and when they offload the deadweight Hutton, Jenas, Keane and Taraabt, and they add Hangeland and either a Left back or a left winger, they should do just fine next season…

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  • Stratty
    4 years ago

    SPURS HAVE SPENT MORE THAN MANCHESTER CITY. They have been building their squad for a longer period of time, and spent an average of 40 million for 7 consequetive transfer windows, closer to 300 million.

    During this period, they have had time to get to know each other.

    Joe Lewis’s billions effectively make Spurs the third richest club in the league, after City (500 billion) and Chelsea (7 billion).

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  • Billy The Yid
    4 years ago

    Absolute tosh.

    The main reason Spurs are where they are is down to the poor results of Liverpool and City. City drew 7 games on the trot early on the season. Do you really think they’ll do the same next season. Liverpool have been a joke for much of this season, but once they get their house in order it’ll be a different story next season.

    No. You’re all wrong; if Spurs don’t make 4th it’ll will have long term consequences and the season should be written of as a failure.

    This is a golden opportunity, a freak season, and if we are to make 4th, some serious reinvestment in the squad will be required. Half the first team as it stands are little more than squad players in a team which will be required to stay in the top 4 next season.

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  • Stratty
    4 years ago

    FURTHERMORE, please note how a certain dan8stratford was able to predict LIVERPOOL’s drop-off pre-season, when many a pundit were putting them forward as the next champions.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/aug/13/premier-league-round-table-curbishley-kinnear-strachan

    They played beyond themselves last season, trying to stop United’s 18th league.

    When you give everything and fail, you never come back as strong.

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    Charlie Rowing
    4 years ago

    Nice article mate, 4th place certainly is Spurs to throw away, lets just hope the dont pick langsanga again as their pre-match meal on the last game of the season lol

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