Arsenal legend Martin Keown explained in a question and answer session for the Daily Mail that he feels Tottenham’s season is well and truly over.
Keown has also suggested that the impact former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has had at Aston Villa creates the thought of what he may have achieved if he’d been kept on at White Hart Lane by chairman Daniel Levy.
“I think so - It has not been an awful season but they have not shown the necessary consistency,” said Keown.
“I saw them at Burnley and it was so sterile - Tottenham did not look up for it.”
“They have just run out of steam. Though with the way things are going with Tim Sherwood at the moment, it does make you wonder what might have been if he’d stayed put.”
Fans may agree with Keown that Spurs’ season is over, but there are some valuable lessons, which current manager Mauricio Pochettino would have learnt.
He’ll now be fully aware of the strength in Tottenham’s home grown talent and that could encourage him to give game time to players like Alex Pritchard and Cameron Carter-Vickers.
He’ll also be aware of the need for Tottenham to improve their consistency against teams they should beat on paper.
Spurs have produced big performances against some of their direct rivals, but they have struggled at times this season in matches where they have been the heavy favourites.
The hypothetical point about Sherwood is an interesting one, but all parties have moved on and Pochettino needs to focus on developing the club this summer and going again in the pursuit of the Champions League throughout 2015/2016.