Carragher highlights what Pochettino should achieve, claims Tottenham can threaten Arsenal

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham to threaten Arsenal's dominance of North London.

Former Liverpool defender and current Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has raved about Tottenham in his column for the Daily Mail.

Spurs have enjoyed an outstanding start to the season, and are currently on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, whilst they have also qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League having coasted through their group.

Everything is looking rosy at White Hart Lane, and much of that is down to the impact of manager Mauricio Pochettino and his incredible work with young players.

Having helped develop the likes of Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason and Harry Kane last season, Pochettino is working the same magic again this term, with Eric Dier and Dele Alli becoming integral players despite their youth.

With a top four place well within reach, some fans and pundits are even looking at Spurs as a potential title contender, given the unpredictable nature of the Premier League this season.

Now, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on Tottenham in a column for the Daily Mail, and stated that whilst the Premier League title may be a little unrealistic this season, Pochettino should be looking to win a trophy this term.

"Nothing will ever convince me, though, that the feeling of ending a big day out with a medal in your hand can be beaten and Tottenham’s players, for all their undoubted ability, need to experience it," said Carragher. "Their supporters have also been waiting too long."

"So now is the time for Tottenham to capitalise. Now is the time for them to invest and progress and see if Pochettino can guide them to a period like they enjoyed at the start of the 1980s, when they won back-to-back FA Cups and a UEFA Cup. That is what Tottenham should be about. I’m not saying Pochettino has to win the league. At the moment, I don’t think that is realistic."

Carragher also looked at the bigger picture for Spurs, stating that with a new stadium on the way and a fantastic squad of either top Premier League stars or developing young starlets, Tottenham could be set to take over Arsenal as North London's top club - but believes all the praise this season will mean nothing unless Spurs win some silverware by the end of the campaign.

"Plans are in place for a new stadium and being able to fill that with a successful side would really threaten Arsenal’s domination of North London," said Carragher. "The more you look at Tottenham, the more you feel they are on the brink of changing their image."

"Look at the spine of their team: Alderweireld and Vertonghen are currently the best central defensive pairing in the league, Hugo Lloris is one of the most consistent goalkeepers, Alli’s emergence has been exciting and Kane may just be England’s main striker."

"They are not the finished article and they still need to add to what they have got, not take away from it as has often been the case, but this is their chance. Now they must end the culture of hard luck stories and create tales that are filled with medals. If they don’t, all the positivity will have been for nothing," he added.

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