Robbie Savage: Top four? Finishing sixth would be a good outcome for Spurs

The BBC pundit thinks Mauricio Pochettino will find it tough to beat the competition in his first season at White Hart Lane.

Robbie Savage is one opinionated pundit.

The former Premier League footballer rarely minces his words when speaking on television or writing columns - and this week is no different.

But, in writing about Tottenham Hotspur, the Welshman's latest musings are a lot more sensible than they are provocative, despite how they might first look.

Indeed, Savage has claimed that simply finishing in the top six will be an achievement for Spurs this season.

Far from just infuriating fans from north London, however, the pundit is taking the strong level of competition Tottenham face into account - and simply uttering words many Spurs fans have already said this term.

"Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was talking about winning the Premier League title when he took over in the summer but it is hard to see them even breaking into the top four anytime soon," Savage wrote in his weekly column for BBC Sport.

"It is always the same with Spurs. Every season, the expectations at White Hart Lane are far higher than anything they can realistically achieve.

"Breaking into the Champions League places is seen as their goal whoever is in charge but they have only managed that once and, realistically when you consider the competition, finishing sixth would be a good outcome for them.

"The pressure is on him to deliver a convincing performance when his old side Southampton come to north London on Sunday, and I am not sure his new team can do it."

Spurs host boss Pochettino's old side Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon at 2.05pm.

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