Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Gary Mabbutt told Football FanCast that the club can climb back into the top four if they take seven points from their next three games, prior to the point they picked up against Newcastle United.
The club have endured an up-and-down season and have been top of the Premier League, while also falling as low as ninth.
However, they are currently just three points off the top four following their 2-2 draw against Steve Bruce’s men last time out.
That result means they are just three points behind West Ham United in fourth and two off Chelsea in fifth.
Their next two games sees Jose Mourinho’s men take on Everton, who are two points behind Spurs in eighth, and Manchester United, who are second.
Following that, Spurs will take on leaders Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final as they look to end their lengthy trophy drought that stretches back to 2008.
And Mabbutt is optimistic that Spurs can work their way back into the Champions League qualification spots, and believes seven points from these three games would be enough – meaning they need two victories against Everton and United to reach that tally.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, Mabbutt was keen not to downplay the threats posed by the opposition, though he did point to the fact that United were beaten 6-1 by Spurs at Old Trafford earlier this season.
He said: “We’re in a position whereby going to Newcastle, always a tough game in Newcastle who are fighting for their lives, but if we are on top of our game I believe it is possible to get three points from that match.
“The games against Everton and Manchester United – we beat Manchester United 6-1 away from home, but of course we’re seeing a different team at United at the moment.
“You cannot predict one of those games. It is totally feasible, we should be able to get nine points. Or if you get seven points from those three games, I would imagine that we would be back in the top four.”
The league is so congested at this point, that even Everton, in eighth, are just five points off the top four.