This Tottenham Hotspur side could cause plenty of surprises this season.
Anyone who doubted Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of finishing in the top four this season have been proved wrong after Mauricio Pochettino’s side started the new campaign brilliantly.
With another international break upon us, Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League, just five points behind current leaders Manchester City.
With so many clubs separated by so few points, and with Tottenham’s squad full of exciting talent, this could be the season when they not only reclaim a top-four spot but potentially challenge for the title.
And yes, most fans and neutrals alike will quickly shout down such an idea and perhaps they are right, but the simple fact is Pochettino is doing a great job at White Hart Lane and here are five reasons Tottenham can at least challenge for the title:
Pochettino has proved first at Southampton and more recently at Tottenham that he has the nous to succeed in England, but few expected him to have this Spurs side playing so well so soon.
The fact that he has speaks volumes and he should be applauded for making some very brave decisions and standing by them…including bringing Eric Dier into midfield and trusting teenager Dele Alli from the outset.
The next generation
Speaking of which, Tottenham’s squad is full of exciting young players right now and they could be the difference, because as has been proved in the past you can win things with kids.
Tottenham may ultimately fall short when it comes to the business-end of the campaign with most of these players having not challenged for a title before, but with a little luck anything is possible.
The resurgent striker
Harry Kane has proved in the last few weeks that he is most certainly not a one-season wonder, and if he goes on another run Tottenham have the players behind him to ensure he can win games more often than not.
He will need support, but he is one of the best forwards in the league and that is worth its weight in gold…especially when you consider Wayne Rooney’s slump and Sergio Aguero’s injury record.
This is a Tottenham side that plays together and fights for each other week in, week out.
Pochettino will not be talking about title pushes and rightly so, but if they remain in and around the top-four then that fight could make all the difference.
Daniel Levy is not everyone’s cup of tea but he knows how to bring quality players to the club and how to get the most from those he is moving on.
The January transfer window will be vital if Tottenham want to maintain their great start and if he can pull a rabbit out of the hat, he may be hailed as a miracle-worker come May.