Craig Burley doubts Spurs consistency

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur finished third in the Premier League last season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Craig Burley has claimed to ESPN that he believes Tottenham Hotspur will struggle this season to enjoy the same consistency which saw them challenge for the Premier League title last term.

Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side finished third in the Premier League table last time around, and 11 points behind champions Leicester City but that disparity perhaps offers an inaccurate account of their title challenge.

Up until the final three gameweeks of the campaign, Tottenham were firmly in the running to end their 55-year wait for a top-flight league title, but the wheels came off in spectacular fashion, ending with a 5-1 defeat by relegated Newcastle United.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

This season is expected to be different in a year which will surely see England's heavyweights such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea - now under Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte respectively - atone for sub-par outings in the 2015-16 campaign.

And Burley believes Tottenham capitalised on last season's perceived anomaly but claims it will be different this time around.

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He told ESPN: "I don't see Tottenham as being as consistent this year. I just don't. I just don't see it. I think there was a lot of poor teams last year. Tottenham took advantage of that - they could've took full advantage but they didn't and I think the other teams will get stronger [this year]."

Of course, Champions League football will make it difficult for Pochettino to juggle that and the Premier League, but he has bolstered the squad by bringing in Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, and there's 20 days left to make further signings.

They visit Everton on Saturday in their first league game of the season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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