Can Tottenham realistically win the title?

Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson believes this could be the year for Spurs to genuinely challenge for the Premier League title.

The North Londoners haven’t won the domestic title in England since 1963 but all that could change this term following the arrival of seven new signings this summer under the charge of Andre Villas-Boas. Tottenham are undergoing something of a revolution at White Hart Lane.

'There’s no hiding at the start of the season. Our aim was to be in the top four. That hasn’t changed,” Dawson explained.

'But we aim high and we believe that we have got the squad – and the quality in the dressing room – to go all the way.”

Spurs have gotten themselves off to a good start so far this term – they currently sit 7th place in the league after 11 games played with 20 points taken from a possible 33 so far. They sit just five points off the current leaders, their archrivals Arsenal.

They’ve already played three of last term’s top six and only lost one of those game – they held Chelsea to a draw at White Hart Lane and Everton too at Goodison Park at the beginning of this month. There’s a long way to go but with the money reinvested in the squad from the sale of Gareth Bale this summer, Spurs have a better chance of going ‘all the way’ this year than they’ll likely get.

The other factor is the change in leadership at the top of the Premier League – the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City as well as the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea makes for a more open title race than we’ve seen in over a decade and Spurs are one of possibly six contenders for the title this term. Genuine contenders.

Arsenal currently lead but following their 1-0 defeat to the champions at Old Trafford they still have yet to face Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton before the festive period ahead of the January transfer window. Liverpool have kicked off this season in fine form but it remains to be seen whether or not the Reds have what it takes to go the distance. Liverpool haven’t won the title since 1990 and Arsenal haven’t won the title since 2004.

Many still believe that the two Manchester rivals and Chelsea are the main favourites to take the top spot but Tottenham will certainly have a say in the race. Dawson may well be right – they certainly have the quality and if Villas-Boas can foster belief in his squad and build momentum, there’s no reason this couldn’t be the year Tottenham win the Premier League title.

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