Ex-England striker: This will be Tottenham's level for three or four years

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Former England forward Stan Collymore can't see Tottenham finishing higher than fifth for up to four years.

Former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore suggested in a session for Periscope TV that it will be three or four years before Tottenham can break the top four.

Spurs are battling for a position in the top four every season, because of the importance for the club in qualifying for that tournament.

Collymore is not optimistic about Tottenham’s chances looking ahead to next year and beyond, but there are a few reasons he’s wrong.

“For them to get into the Champions League, they have to compete with Liverpool and Manchester United,” he said.

“I think the only team they can compete with is Liverpool, which means they’ll be fighting for fifth and not fourth – They’ll probably be in the battle for fifth, sixth and seventh for three or four years.”

Firstly, it’s unclear who Tottenham are going to sign in the transfer market this summer to improve their options.

Mauricio Pochettino needs to be backed by fans to improve the squad options available to him so that the club can maintain a high level of performance through all games.

If Tottenham can cope when key players are unavailable, their consistency and results will improve.

Secondly, there is a chance that Tottenham may finish outside the top six as things stand.

Southampton are just one point behind and missing out on the Europa League would mean fewer matches next season, fresher players and more chances for Pochettino to get onto the training field and work on the problems the team have.

Thirdly, it’s impossible to judge how the likes of Liverpool and Southampton are going to perform over the next couple of years.

Southampton for example, have had a fantastic season and it would be remarkable if they were able to maintain the sort of form they have shown this year over next season and beyond.

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