By the time Spurs had finished their mauling of a tepid Stoke City side last night, all doubt was removed as to whether they have enough in them to keep pace with Leicester City in the title race.
It was a monstrous performance with Harry Kane and Dele Alli both grabbing a brace apiece in a 4-0 victory. The whole squad showed the collective belief that seems to be have been instilled by Mauricio Pochettino, and it also showed if the Leicester heroics hadn’t happened, Spurs would be running away with the Premier League title.
The odds are stacked against them in the race for the crown, though. They’ve got five points to make up over four games after all and the masses are all behind the Foxes, but they went about it the right way yesterday evening, giving stark warning to Claudio Ranieri’s team that they’ll be breathing down their necks the whole way.
And after the professionalism shown, it’s clear to see that a Spurs’ title win would be just as romantic as a Leicester City triumph.
The whole season has been dominated by talk of the Foxes, about Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater. And whilst there is no debating they’ve all been excellent, Spurs have quietly gone about their business and have been fantastic in their own right.
The 2015/16 season will be arguably Spurs’ finest campaign of the Premier League era. The club has not finished second since 1962/63 and that was a team that featured the likes of Jimmy Greaves and John White – sterling figures in Hotspur history.
This season also recognises a certified dominance over north London rivals Arsenal. Spurs are the pride of north London at the moment, and rightly so – they’ve been consistent, hungry and exciting the whole season. Pochettino has a definite opportunity to make something happen at Tottenham and create a legacy, a new powerhouse in English football. That opportunity shouldn’t be taken lightly.
As West Ham expand and Manchester City continue to splash the cash, it’s still a competitive market, but with the players Spurs have at the moment they have every right to competing at the top. The potential sales of Harry Kane and Dele Alli should not be permitted if the club want to create said legacy. These two are at the forefront of Spurs’ resurgence and the club should forget previous history and keep hold of their biggest stars – lessons will have been learnt from offloading Gareth Bale.
But yesterday’s trip to Stoke said it all. It was supposed to be one of the more ‘spiky’ games remaining in their run in, but they despatched Mark Hughes’s side with relative ease, playing the Potters off the park.
Roy Hodgson was left grinning like a child at Christmas after Alli and Kane both scored, but it was the Spurs fans who went home happiest. They kept the pressure on Leicester and set a warning to the Foxes: if you slip up, we will be right behind you.
A Spurs title win would be every bit as romantic as a Leicester success, albeit for different reasons.