BBC pundit - 'Spurs have 'blown it'

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has commented on Spurs’ top-four challenge.

Former Arsenal defender and current pundit Martin Keown says Tottenham Hotspur blew it in terms of getting into the Champions League, the BBC report.

Spurs entered their home clash against Aston Villa in sixth spot with 54 points, seven points behind Manchester City in fourth with seven games remaining.

It has been a valiant effort from the White Hart Lane outfit, especially considering last summer’s changes and the reliance on a number of the club’s younger players.

A top six finish and a League Cup final appearance would represent a magnificent debut season for boss Mauricio Pochettino, given the circumstances.

BBC pundit Keown, however, was more damning of their season as he claimed their soft underbelly has caused them to blow it in terms of a top-four finish, hinting in contrast at disappointment.

"Spurs have blown it in terms of getting into the Champions League. That soft under belly is still there. The competition for fourth has been immense and they've been smothered out of it,” he explained.

Should Spurs look at this season as a success?

Simply put, yes they should. While they came up short in the race for a top-four spot and in the cup competitions, there are plenty of positives to take from their campaign.

The style of football has been good, and the emergence of youngsters and ensuing international recognition for Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Danny Rose is something to be proud of.

Spurs head into this summer in much better shape than they did 12 months ago, and with clear ideas on which areas of the squad need to be improved.

Owner Daniel Levy has already decided which method to take when it comes to recruitment, and the judgement of Pochettino regarding talented youngsters will play a huge role in the club moving forward.

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