Do Tottenham Hotspur have a fear factor?

Jan Vertonghen

Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen has said he feels the club are starting to develop a fear factor at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have made a cracking start to the season, perhaps a more impressive start than many of the club’s supporters would have been thinking.

Over £100 million was spent by the club over the summer with the cliché criticism coming up, suggesting it would take those signings time to bed in and time for the club to get going.

However, the club have won four matches and lost just one conceding a single goal in that defeat while putting five past their opponents in all matches so far.

Any side that can build momentum, maintain a winning streak and bounce back from defeat in the way that Tottenham did, will rightly start grabbing attention from rivals around them.

“We have a lot of confidence. I think everybody can see we don't concede a lot of goals. We score a lot of goals now and have a big squad. I think other teams are watching,” the Belgian told BBC Radio London.

The only counter argument to any fear factor the club are developing is the fact that the defeat came against Arsenal, the only ‘big’ side that the club have played in the Premier League so far this season.

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If Spurs want a fear factor to grow and become stronger, they need to produce the sort of performance that Manchester City put together in the Manchester derby, where they completed destroyed one of their main rivals.

“We lost to a direct opponent the other week against Arsenal and we want to do better this time,” added the defender.

The defining factor in Spurs’ fear factor now and over the rest of the season, rests on how they play against their rivals from this point forward.

Everyone knows how talented the current Tottenham squad is, with options in every position so the strength in depth and the ability to put out a strong side for each match isn’t the fear factor.

There have been a lot of people saying Spurs are a good bet for the title while others, including the manager Andre Villas-Boas, have played down the chances of that happening.

It may sound cliché but consistency is everything for a side that wants to be feared. If Tottenham can beat their rivals over a long, extended period and do it with style they will certainly be a much more feared side next year than they are right now.

What do you think? Have Tottenham got a fear factor?

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