Savage has graded Tottenham’s campaign as ‘A-‘, but he has warned that Spurs have to earn a place in the top four of the Premier League the hard way.
“After 14 games unbeaten, when Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing tactics were working well, losing at home to struggling Newcastle was a reminder that a top-four finish is not an entitlement, it has to be earned,” the former Wales international has written in The Mirror.
Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at White Hart Lane in North London last weekend came as a huge disappointment to the fans.
It was a game which, on paper, Spurs should have won, but there is no reason to be overly negative about the final result.
The North London outfit are just three points behind fourth-place Manchester United and are very much in the running for a Champions League place.
Another London club who have been doing relative well so far this season is West Ham United.
The Hammers are five points behind United in eighth, and Savage has graded their performance so far this campaign as ‘A’.
“Dimitri Payet’s injury took the wind from their sails, but the Hammers have been great away from home, winning at Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool already,” the Welshman has written in The Mirror.
“The worst-case scenario was moving into the Olympic Stadium as a Championship side, but they will be comfortable in mid-table come May.”
West Ham’s form has dipped in recent weeks and they are struggling at the moment, but their chances of a top-six finish cannot be written off completely.
Once the injured players return, then the London outfit will be back to being a very competitive team.