Tottenham Hotspur legend Ledley King has predicted Mauricio Pochettino's first season in charge of the club could be a tough one.
The Argentine took over at Spurs this summer and was tasked with getting them into the top-four, but King is sceptical over the Liliywhites' chances of doing that this year.
He does, however, believe that, in-time, Pochettino will prove his worth at White Hart Lane and prove an inspired appointment.
“I think it will be difficult this season but, long-term, we have the right manager," he said to TalkSport.
“I’m sure he will still want to bring in one or two players moving forward. He is still seeing who fits in with the style of play.
"It is going to take a little bit of time for him to get his thoughts and methods across, but we are confident he is the right man for the job.
“I think it is going to be tough [to finish in the top four this season]. There’s going to be six or seven teams thinking they have got a chance of the top four. We are one of them, but a lot of things would have to go right for us this season."
Spurs are currently in sixth position and their start has suggested that they still have some way to go to be able to make a genuine challenge for a Champions League spot.
The side were heavily beaten when they took on fellow top-four-chasers Liverpool, but they did manage to pick up a confidence building draw against Arsenal in their other test against one of their stronger sides in the division.
Tottenham's squad is currently one which has a lot of talent, but there are still areas which Pochettino will be hoping to strengthen in the future.
The lack of a clinical striker really threatens to derail the campaign and it has been a problem which has carried over from last season.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane simply do not carry the goal threat needed for a team to breach the Champions League qualification spaces and it will be a serious test of Pochettino's managerial ability if he is to make a success of this season with his faltering forward line.