Norwich boss believes Tottenham must avoid injuries to win title

Norwich City manager Alex Neil believes Tottenham Hotspur can win the Premier League title if they stay free of injuries.

Spurs will face the Canaries in their next fixture at Carrow Road on Tuesday, with Mauricio Pochettino’s men only five points behind league leaders Leicester City.

And the Lilywhites have a great opportunity to catch up with the Foxes, who face a trio of difficult matches with Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal in succession.

However, Neil claims that Tottenham will only be in the running for the title if they can keep the likes of Harry Kane, the club’s only recognised striker, away from the injury table.

He is quoted by The Mirror: “I don’t see any reason, looking at the way the season has gone so far, why you wouldn’t see Spurs as championship contenders.

“They certainly have a squad that is good enough to win it and they are easily one of the best teams we have played this season.

“They pretty much have international players in every position and if they can avoid injuries, I think they are certainly genuine contenders.”

The Norwich gaffer went on to add that he hopes new January signing Patrick Bamford, who arrived on loan from Chelsea, will prove his worth after struggling at Crystal Palace in the first half of the campaign.

Neil added: “After what he did last season at Middlesbrough we were very keen to sign him in the summer before he went on loan to Crystal Palace.

“He’s got good movement, he spins off central defenders, he’s got a good left foot and he’s different to the other strikers that we have here.

“He’s also got a proven record in terms of scoring goals and we are hoping that he will now make the step up and score in the Premier League as well.

“That’s the million-dollar question though. At the end of the day it’s not about coaching – the player himself has to want to develop and improve.”

Bamford scored 17 goals in the Championship last term, and a good performance could see the Canaries avenge their 3-0 loss to Spurs earlier in the season.