Here is a selection of those comments...
It is mentality and external pressures that stop Spurs from believing they are contenders. If the team can change their perception and start thinking of matches like Crystal Palace or Stoke as potential title deciders rather than a game they should be putting a good performance in.
Interestingly enough, where the outside perception is that AVB is a stats geek, I have read an interview where he pours cold water on the over-use of statistics. His fanatical focus is more on psychology, apparently.
Those seeing the squad Spurs are assembling and reconciling themselves with the truism that Spurs 'have always been bottlers', may find something very different this season.
I think as things stand, even without Bale, we are a good bet for top four this season. As regards to a genuine title challenge, I think we don't quite have the squad yet and are a few players short. If Bale stays and we sign a left back, a centre-back, a midfield playmaker in the mould of Modric (but not Modric!) and another striker I honestly think we will have a title challenging squad (and not just first eleven).
I think a CB is imminent, and Eriksen would be a good creative addition to midfield. I don't know if there is any truth in the Coentrao rumours, but that would obviously be a good signing. The need for a striker is obvious; if Soldado is injured long term then we are back to square one!
I also think that with bale remaining at the lane a serious title bid is possible, we need a left back, Rose as committed as he is I fear is a weak link. Also not very happy with the zonal defence for corners looking suspect with every one conceded, maybe with Kaboul attacking the ball the system will improve.
I think we should learn to walk before we start running, whilst I agree Bale must stay and that excellent signings have been made we need these players to bed in fast and with Paulinho and Soldado only playing one friendly it may take a while. Also I just don't believe the club has that championship mentality yet. A successful season for me would be top four and a cup win. That would breed confidence should we be able to keep the players and have a bit of stability and then next year go for it. A CB is needed (why did we sell Caulker) and Coentrao from Madrid would be excellent. They owe £17 million for Modric still, so should be possible to get him effectively free. Another striker would be good as well, not Carlton Cole. I think Benteke would have been a fine addition.
Finally an article I 100% agree with. I don't think people do the sums when it comes to Bale. I always say, if we don't sell him this season, what will he be worth next season....let's be conservative and say $70Mil, then we get into CL, so we add another $40Mil from that, then we are in the CL, have merchandising, more sales, more notoriety, more everything. What a team we would have with Bale in the current squad.
For starters Spurs are in a win-win situation if Bale goes then we will probably get one of the two young strikers as part of the deal, with Lennon, Chadli, Capoue and Sigs we have depth on the flanks so if he goes we have already got cover, if he stays that’s great too as every EPL team are scared to death by him. Yes we do need a left fullback as I have never been comfortable with BAE and a centre-back, both positions currently being addressed according to reports. We are also forgetting we have some great youngsters coming through who need some game time. The future’s bright, the future’s Tottenham.
So what do you think? Are Tottenham realistic title contenders? You can read the original article that prompted the comments here.