Transfers aside, why January will be defining month of Tottenham's season

January may be the most important month of Tottenham Hotspur's campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur's January may define whether their season becomes a success or a failure, and that's not because of their transfer campaign.

Spurs are the Premier League's form team at the moment and appear to be transformed from the lethargic side that started the season.

Mauricio Pochettino's men have started to adapt to their new manager's style of play and his methods have begun to pay dividends.

Tottenham have played at great pace, with their attacking threat being far too much for even Chelsea to cope with.

The Lilywhites are now unbeaten in their last six matches and they are just two points away from the top four. 

It is a minimal gap and they have a fantastic opportunity to breach it during the current month.

Tottenham face a run of winnable games throughout January and if they maintain their high standards then there is a distinct possibility that they will be in the Champions League places by February.

Spurs face Crystal Palace, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion in their next three Premier League matches and they will be favourites to pick up nine points during this run.

If they are able to live up to expectations, the momentum and confidence that will provide could set them up for the remainder of the season and Pochettino's chances of guiding Spurs to a top-four place during his first season in charge would be hugely increased. 

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