Graeme Souness analyses Tottenham's title chances, claims Alderweireld and Kane must stay fit

Toby Alderweireld

Graeme Souness believes Tottenham must keep Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane fit.

Pundit Graeme Souness has told Sky Sports that he thinks Tottenham are title contenders - but believes they must keep Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane fit to have a chance.

Tottenham currently sit fourth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of league leaders Arsenal after a superb first half of the campaign.

With just two defeats from 20 games, no club in the Premier League has lost fewer matches than Spurs this term, whilst with only 16 goals conceded, Tottenham also have the meanest defence in the division.

Everything is going well for Mauricio Pochettino right now, but Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton has led to some pundits claiming that Tottenham aren't good enough to win the Premier League title.

However, pundit Graeme Souness is still backing Tottenham as major Premier League title contenders, telling Sky Sports that he is impressed with their squad.

Souness cited 'young, enthusiastic players' in midfield - such as Eric Dier and Dele Alli - as a big factor for Spurs, and praised the quality of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The former Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United boss added that he thinks Tottenham must keep defender Toby Alderweireld and goal machine striker Harry Kane fit if they are to challenge for top spot this season, given how important both players are.

"I think they are [title contenders], they've got lots of young, enthusiastic players, fresh legs in midfield, they can chop and change that. They've got a fabulous goalkeeper," said Souness. "Toby Alderweireld, they've got to keep him fit, he's a bit of rock at the back for them."

"The biggest thing is keeping Harry Kane fit and fresh because beyond that they haven't got anyone to come in and get the goals he can. We saw them three weeks ago against Newcastle and they were poor, they just ran out of ideas. But on that showing today and looking at the results over the Christmas period, they've got the bit between their teeth," he added.

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