Why the Premier League owes Tottenham Hotspur a big thank you

Tottenham Hotspur have been the only English club to take the Europa League seriously so far this season.

Tottenham Hotspur could be crucial to the Premier League this season, as English clubs continue to struggle in Europe. 

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City have all made inauspicious starts to their Champions League campaigns, and there is a real danger that England could lose its fourth qualification spot to the competition in the near future.

Serie A is rapidly catching England in the UEFA co-efficient standings, and it could spell disaster for the Premier League if they are to lose one of their qualification places for Europe's premier competition.

As a result, Spurs become crucial for the nation, as their progress in the Europa League could provide the Premier League with some all important co-efficient points.

So far Spurs have taken the Europa League seriously, naming strong line-ups for their games against Qarabag and Monaco, and showing their desire to go deep into the tournament.

There is no guarantee that Spurs will make it through a tough-group, but their attitude has at least given England a chance to gain some much needed co-efficient points.

West Ham United and Southampton both were dumped out in the qualifying stages of the competition, showing a complete disregarded to the tournament by naming weakened teams, while Liverpool have picked the reserves. 

It leaves the Premier League in a position where they should be grateful to Spurs, for showing an intent do do well in Europe. 

There are at least six teams in the Premier League who have Champions League ambitions every year, but breaking into the top-four is a huge challenge.

If England were to lose another spot, then the task for any side to gate-crash a top-three would be even more difficult and keeping that fourth spot will be vital for the competitiveness of the league. 

Spurs, as a result, could be England's most important club in Europe this season, and it will be a relief to the division to see that at least one of their teams is giving the Europa League the respect it deserves. 

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