With Spurs so close to a Champions League place, could their final five matches determine far more than just next season?
Something very special is happening at White Hart Lane.
If you looked closely, you could see it happening for a while. A team was being built, players added not randomly as with some clubs, but bought to consolidate and improve.
When a striker didn’t arrive in the summer – I know, I know, they bought Emmanuel Adebayor…but I said a striker – talk was of imbalance and problems ahead. And yet the players they did sign have proved to be masterstrokes.
Jan Vertonghen, Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele have all played their part in turning the nearly-men of the Premier League into the very-nearly-men.
Quite simply, the next month is crucial to Tottenham’s future. Not just next season but possibly the next decade and beyond.
And as much as that sounds like hyperbole, I stand by it.
If Tottenham finish this campaign in the top four, they won’t just be securing Champions League football. They will almost certainly be securing Gareth Bale's future – a player who has all the attributes to be one of the world’s best.
It isn’t just Spurs fans saying that anymore. Bale is outstanding. And he is only going to get better.
His talent warrants the biggest stage of all and Spurs are five matches away from reaching it.
The club are also on the verge of being able to compete for the best players on the market. That is what Champions League football does to you.
When considering desirable traits, available players seek midweek trips to the cream of Europe over a good sense of humour.
If Tottenham win all their remaining league games, they have made it. And it is no exaggeration to say it could create a legacy that stretches long into the future.
The football elite are a tough group to penetrate, and simply making it into the group stage of a single Champions League campaign is just the beginning.
But something tells me that if Spurs do make it this season, we could be seeing the start of a side that could challenge for the Premier League in years to come.
They have the manager, they have the players, now they just need the platform to evolve.
So while the title may be wrapped up and the relegation places seemingly three from four, the battle for Champions League football has some way still to run.
It could all come down to Tottenham’s visit to Chelsea on May 8. Which proves that sometimes matches aren't just about three points; sometimes the rewards are immeasurable.
Do you think Spurs will secure a Champions League place? And what do you think it will mean for the future of the club and its current players?
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