Former Tottenham winger says he has seen a difference in exceptional Spurs

Matthew Etherington speaks highly of the current Tottenham Hotspur side.

Matthew Etherington has explained on West Ham United’s official website the difference he has seen in Tottenham Hotspur this season.

Etherington, who played for both West Ham and Spurs, explained how this campaign the North London outfit have a better spine.

“The difference between last season and this is the spine of their team,” the Englishman wrote on West Ham’s official website. “He brought in Toby Alderweireld to play alongside Jan Vertonghen and he has been fantastic.

“Eric Dier has come in and done well in midfield and up front they have Dele Alli and Harry Kane so they have a very strong spine. Added to that there is Hugo Lloris in goal who is one of the best in the Premier League.

“All exceptional Premier League teams have a good spine and Pochettino has built that at Spurs.”

Etherington made the comments before the Premier League game between West Ham and Tottenham at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday evening.

Spurs failed to win the London derby, going down 1-0 to an early goal from Michail Antonio.

Tottenham have staged comebacks time and time again this season, but on this occasion they could not.

That should not detract from the wonderful season the North London outfit are having at the moment, though.

Spurs will take on Arsenal at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and many will back them to bounce back.

Playing at home will give Mauricio Pochettino’s side an advantage, although they should not concede an early goal.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch