Tonight sees Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham side head to the San Siro for a Champion’s League clash with the current holders Inter Milan. Not a man to be intimidated by such a situation, Redknapp has spoken out regarding his confidence in the team. “We’ve got a lot of players here who could play for any club,” Redknapp told the Daily Mail. “There are an awful lot of them who could. You’ve seen their performances. That includes the left back (Benoit Assou-Ekotto) who you don’t hear much about but has everything to be as good a left back as there is around”. This confidence is not without its basis: as things currently stand Tottenham are nestled 5th in the Premiership Table neck-on-neck in points with their top-four rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
So how does Harry see the future of Tottenham? “I think Tottenham may be one or two big signings away from being a team that could win the championship… one or two players in the right positions – and I’m talking about two top, top players in the right positions.” The man’s not lacking in any optimism then.
But does he have a point? As things stand Tottenham have a solid well organised squad who have managed to develop a consistency that has been lacking within a Spurs team for quite some time. Then there’s van der Vaart who made a storming start to his Spurs career, one that is sure to continue on his return from injury. If you add a couple of world class players to this squad, you’d have to put it up there with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, if not Chelsea.
That’s the flipside. Whilst Chelsea seem favourites to win the League, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place are up for grabs this season in a way that they haven’t be for quite some time. Winning the Premiership just seems like such a long shot for any team that isn’t Chelsea right now. Of course the footballing landscape will change a great deal over the next couple of years and anything could happen. But it strikes me that a more realistic target is to become a regular member of the Top 4. With a couple of good signings and Redknapp’s managerial nous, Spurs fans should soon find themselves accustomed to big European matches like the one they are anticipating tonight on a season-by-season basis. When they find themself in this situation, it will be the perfect platform to launch a prolonged title challenge. Let’s not forget that given Redknapp’s interest in the England job, he may not be around in a couple of years time to marshall Spur’s title challenge. This is why it’s essential that Spurs develop the consistency we attribute to teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and used to attribute to Liverpool.
I don’t wish to sound overly pessimistic. I realise that this Tottenham side has come a long way under Redknapp. The Premiership Title is no longer such a distant dream. I just think we’ll be in a much better position to discuss Tottenham’s title credentials are come this season’s end.
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