Tottenham Hotspur can move top of the Premier League with a victory over West Ham United and none of Mauricio Pochettino’s players will believe there is a better time to get their hands on the title.
Lets face it, unless Manchester United, City, Chelsea or Liverpool make a late, late push, Spurs only have Leicester and Arsenal to worry about. And with the Foxes struggling to pick up a result against West Brom earlier this week, Tottenham have the best chance yet to take hold of the Premier League title race.
Since the formation of the Premier League in the 1992/1993 season, Spurs have sat at the summit of the table for a meagre 33 days. For one of the bigger sides in the division this seems remarkably small compared to the time their colleagues have spent leading the way.
The last time Spurs were top of England’s top division in the second half a season was in January 1985 after they beat Arsenal 2-1. That was more than 30 years ago and shows just how long its been since their supporters tasted any sense of league success. More than 30 years of playing catch-up could end when they play West Ham and few have backed their opponents to deny them this chance.
But those days are completely irrelevant as the big-boys drift further and further away from the chasing pack who, for the first time in years, are all underdogs. Leicester are now the 7/4 favourites for the biggest prize in football and its been clear to see why they’ve slowly but surely made their way to the top of the league, with few actually noticing that they’ve done it.
On the pitch Tottenham have been excellent but its also very important to look at how much goes on from the coaches bench.
Mauricio Pochettino has shown himself as an apt addition to the whole club, with his calming, slightly quiet nature endearing itself to the club’s fans.
Daniel Levy is a typically very difficult man to please and Pochettino seems to have impressed his boss as he’s taken his team away from the Gareth Bale era and into the new.
So much was owed to the Welshman and we saw that in spades when the team were performing poorly. But now their form has picked up and they have become much more of a team rather than a team of individuals. Goals are coming from all-over-the-pitch whilst Harry Kane continues to show his England credentials by banging goals in week after week.
The youngsters have shone and the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Ali and Ryan Mason have all played their parts, arguably starring at times for a team full of confidence and high on the thought that they could actually win the Premier League this season.
Its been 56 years since Spurs sat at the top of the league by the end of the season, so could Mauricio Pochettino be the man to restore the honour in the trophy cabinet at White Hart Lane?