Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has said the side are on the right track after picking up seven points from their first four games of the Premier League season.
He said: "They've done well. They ground a result out against West Ham, played very well against Queens Park Rangers. It was a little bit difficult for them against Liverpool but they should've won the game on Saturday against Sunderland. It's always a difficult place to go, they [Spurs] had the Lions' share of possession and chances, and were unfortunate not to come away with the three points but I think they're on the right track."
Sherwood was asked about the club's chances of finishing in the top four and qualification for the Champions League and suggested they will be in the mix come the end of the season.
He added: "It's similar to how it's always been. It's always going to be very difficult and we know that Man United might come to the party this year as well so it almost makes it even more difficult. It's a difficult task but they'll be in and around it as Tottenham have been in the last four or five years."
Seven points from their first four games represents a solid start to the season, though after leading twice at the Stadium of Light, coming away with just a point will have been viewed as a disappointment. But they are showing signs of buying into Mauricio Pochettino's style of play, and as the season goes on, the side could get stronger.