Danny Murphy suggests why Tottenham have been fifth and sixth for years

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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy has attempted to explain why he feels his old club are currently behind their rivals.

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT that he feels the general approach of his old club over transfers is the reason they are currently behind their rivals.

Murphy explained that Tottenham’s spending and approach to long term investments in players could make it difficult for them to close down the space between themselves, and their rivals in the race for a position in the top four this season.

“Tottenham for years now have been fifth and sixth and there or there abouts – In terms of player quality, they are always lacking behind the top four because of finances and they’re trying to get players they can mould and improve,” he told talkSPORT.

The positive in Pochettino’s signings and approach

The positive, regardless of Murphy’s comments, in Pochettino’s signings and approach is the idea that Tottenham have a settled team.

Some new players have come in this summer to improve the defence, but the key areas of the team look as though they will stay largely the same.

What’s significant is that Pochettino seems keen to try and give his team the best possible chance of being consistent and staying together so that the understanding in key areas improves.

Tottenham are about to spend some money

Reports suggest that Tottenham are about to spend some money with the Daily Mail linking the club with a move for striker Saido Berahino.

Tottenham appear to be favourites to get their man, which could see them parting with a fee in the region of £20 million, which is not an amount of cash to be sniffed at and spending which would grab the attention of the club’s rivals.

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