Football FanCast guest columnist Ray Mitchell is glad to see some honesty coming from Spurs fans about their top four credentials.
Being a Tottenham fan is very much a Jekyll and Hyde experience where you go from a tremendous high, right down to a tremendous low and in many ways the pain we put ourselves through is a self inflicted one. We build ourselves right up; only to then knock ourselves right down.
Unfortunately we are our own worst enemies at times and we get caught up by what our players, manager and some pundits say about us, without realising that we haven’t actually got the tools to fulfil it. We are not a top four team at present, as we haven’t got the quality in reserve when the likes of Defoe, Lennon and Modric are out of the team, therefore to think we are is ludicrous.
I think yesterday’s defeat was the first time that supporters finally woke up and smelt the coffee. Perhaps we needed that sort of result to give us a sort of grounding and reading some message boards there seems to be the general feeling that this game has provided us with the realisation of how far we are behind the top teams in the country. Supporters were finally being honest about our current situation and understand that as much as we want it to, our hopes of breaching the top four isn’t going to happen overnight.
Harry Redknapp has done a fantastic job at the football club and results and performances this season have certainly shown we are improving, but a top six finish was always going to be our likely marker for this year. You don’t become a mid-table side to a top four one overnight and even Man City with all their wealth will be unable to achieve that this season. What Tottenham needed this year was a season of consolidation, a foundation on which to build from and this year will provide that and show Harry what areas of the squad need improving.
Yesterday was disappointing, a bitter pill considering it was against the scum, but I genuinely believe it was the result we needed to give us all a reality check and stop all this talk of being a top four team. We are making giant strides to get there and are not so far away, but we are certainly not there yet; I’m glad to see supporters now waking up to this, I guess we can only hope that certain players at the football club now start to as well.