Glenn Hoddle: These three players have taken Spurs to the next level

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Glenn Hoddle feels Spurs have been elevated with the help of three key players.

Glenn Hoddle has told the Daily Mail that Tottenham Hotspur trio Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele have helped take the club to the next level.

Spurs moved to within touching distance of the top four following their 2-1 North London derby victory over Arsenal at White Hart Lane yesterday.

In doing so, the Lillywhites leapfrogged their rivals and with momentum fully on their side there appears no limits to how far they can go between now and the end of the season.

Such optimism around White Hart Lane, however, is in stark contrast to the glum feeling experienced at the beginning of the campaign following an inconsistent start.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men won just four of their first 11 games of the season, and defeat at home to Stoke City on 9 November left them in 12th spot, 11 points behind Southampton.

It has been some turnaround from Spurs, and former boss Glenn Hoddle feels three men in particular are majorly responsible for the club’s change in fortunes and rapid rise.

“There are three players who have elevated them this season: one is Kane, another is Christian Eriksen but the third is Mousa Dembele,” Hoddle explained.

“He [Dembele] is one of the best in the country at going past a player. But if he does it in a deep position, he’s not the same threat as when he plays behind the striker.”

“I feel he’s more suited to that position than Eriksen, because the formation they have at the moment allows Eriksen to drift in from wide positions.”

“They’ve found a balance in those front players. I’d play Andros Townsend ahead of Erik Lamela, but the formula is working well at the moment.”

Kane’s double against the Gunners took his season tally to 12 Premier League goals in 14 starts, with his eight goals in 2015 being matched only by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.

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