Tottenham’s midfield powerhouse Tom Huddlestone has come out today and made it clear that Tottenham’s aspirations to win the Premier League in the not too distant future are by no means a flash in the pan.
I for one, think Tom Huddlestone’s comments are slightly premature, but I do not think that it is inconceivable for Tottenham to mount a serious title challenge in the coming seasons. For all those involved with Spurs, the board, the fans, the back room staff and the players there is no doubt that these are exciting times.
Now that Spurs find themselves in the upper echelons of the Premier League and Europe’s premier competition should Tottenham concentrate on cementing their place within the top 4 before they make moves to mount a serious title bid?
Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that if Tottenham found themselves in a strong position come March, April time that they shouldn’t dispose of the other suitors to the elusive Premier League crown. If Tottenham should find themselves in that position then I’m all for them pushing on and bringing the trophy back to White Hart Lane.
A few years back, I was told by a friend that “Tottenham were going places, and it wasn’t on a summer holiday” he was absolutely correct. Spurs now find themselves in the Champions League. This new format they find themselves in is a new commodity for the manager, and some of the players. Are they ready for the balancing act of Champions League football and Premier League football?
Maybe not, Premier League performances and results seem to have suffered from so called ‘European hangovers’. Earlier this season Spurs lost to Wigan after their qualifying game against Young Boys, and then 3 late goals were needed to secure 3 points against Wolves after their exertions in Germany against Werder Bremen. Surely these unconvincing results aren’t the performances of a title winning team?
This said I haven’t convinced myself that Spurs can’t win the Premier League this season. Tottenham have taken great strides in recent times. Harry Redknapp for the first time in 5 years broke the top 4 of Manchester Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. He has taken Tottenham to the Champions League group stages. He has built a squad that looks as if it can compete with the best in any format of the game. And finally his name is being tipped for the England job.
With a good manager and a confident squad playing at the highest level maybe I was wrong to admit that Tottenham cannot put up a real title challenge this year. One thing is certain though, and that is Tottenham will need to beat the so called lesser teams whenever they play them if they are to seriously compete for the coveted end prize.