Martin Jol has said that Tottenham have missed their best chance at winning a Premier League title.
The former Spurs boss, who managed the club from 2004-2007, is the now manager of Egyptian side Al-Ahly, and he is currently in Dubai with the club in preparation for a friendly with Italian club Roma.
And, speaking to Gulf News, the Dutch coach believes that Spurs may not get a better chance at winning the Premier League, especially as their title rivals were so off the pace this year.
“Yes this was their best chance,” Jol said.
“Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all weren’t as good as they should have been, so this year would have been the year to grab the title and they didn’t do it.
“But they will get a one or two good players in this summer and be strong enough to be a top four side for the next five years.”
“I think Spurs is a unity and will be one of the strongest teams in the near future, they were the strongest team this year but just missed out because of a few difficult games.”
Spurs not only missed out on the title but they also conceded second place to title rivals Arsenal on the last day of the season, to the jubilation of the Gunners faithful.
Martin Jol was the man in charge the last time Spurs slipped behind Arsenal at the end of the season, but that time they were thwarted by a bout of food poisoning that struck a number of key players before their fixture against West Ham.
“My biggest disappointment was that Arsenal overtook them in the last game, it reminded me of the 2005/06 season when I was at Spurs and we lost against West Ham on the last day of the season to allow Arsenal to overtake us for fourth.”
The Arsenal leapfrog meant it was a disappointing end to a season that looked full of promise, with the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Toby Alderweireld inspiring the White Hart Lane club to a title race that hinted at going all the way.
However Spurs’ title hopes were crushed after slip ups at home to West Brom and then acrimoniously away to Chelsea, where Mauricio Pochettino’s men let go of a two-goal lead to hand Leicester City the title.
But with a summer to strengthen, Spurs will be keen to push on next season, and do well in the Champions League.