Chris Powell gives his verdict on Tottenham's top four chances under Pochettino

Manager Chris Powell believes Tottenham are heading in the right direction under Mauricio Pochettino.

Manager Chris Powell has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Tottenham - his boyhood club - are 'getting close' to becoming a real force in English football.

Spurs enjoyed a superb week, beating Sunderland 4-1 in the Premier League last weekend, before a 2-0 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League during midweek.

Now, Mauricio Pochettino's men are back in Premier League action this weekend, as they face a trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.

Spurs won the reverse fixture 1-0 at White Hart Lane earlier this season, with Son Heung-min scoring the only goal of the game - and Pochettino will be hoping for something similar this weekend.

Just five points behind league leaders Arsenal, Spurs remain in the title picture, and at the very least are expected to land a Champions League spot now, after a superb campaign so far.

Now, manager Chris Powell, who was recently let go by Huddersfield Town, has admitted to Match of the Day 2 Extra that he supports Tottenham, and admits he is excited with the development of young players under Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Powell also says that he thinks Tottenham will see fourth spot as 'theirs to lose', and admitted that he would now be disappointed if Spurs don't make it into the top four this term.

"They're getting close," said Powell. "We can see what Pochettino is trying to do with all the young players, emerging young players not only from the academy but Dele Alli was a superb signing too."

"I suppose this year, with Chelsea sort of being out of the picture, this, for me, is the year they can make the top four. They really can make the top four, because Chelsea are out of the picture, Leicester are in there, Manchester United are having the troubles they're having, so are Liverpool in a round-about way, so I feel this is their chance to really make that step up."

"As a supporter, yes, because of the season they've had," he added when asked whether he'd be disappointed at finishing outside of the top four. "They haven't lost many games; three games this season, only Leicester have lost less games. So personally, yes, I would think so. I would think the feeling within the club is that fourth position is theirs to lose."

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