BBC pundit Pat Nevin questions Spurs squad, makes suggestion about Champions League campaign

Pundit Pat Nevin

Pat Nevin thinks a Champions League exit could be great for Tottenham.

Pundit Pat NevinPundit Pat Nevin

Pundit Pat Nevin has told BBC Sport that he isn't sure whether Tottenham have the squad depth to challenge in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Spurs drew 1-1 away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, as Dele Alli's late equaliser cancelled out an opener from ex-Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli.

Whilst Tottenham can celebrate being the only Premier League team with an unbeaten record after eight games, the attention must now turn to tonight's Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen.

Tottenham's Dele Alli and Eric Dier look dejected at full timeTottenham's Dele Alli and Eric Dier look dejected at full time

Spurs travel to Germany in search of a positive result, but will have to do so without two key players, with both Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane out through injury.

Having lost the first game of their campaign to Monaco, Tottenham need to build on their last result – a 1-0 away win over CSKA Moscow – to really take charge of Group E.

With a tough trip to Bournemouth coming up over the weekend, manager Mauricio Pochettino must consider rotating his side, with some changes no doubt planned for tonight's game.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

However, pundit Pat Nevin has questioned whether Tottenham have the squad depth to compete in the Premier League and the Champions League, as he told BBC Sport after Saturday's draw.

Nevin suggested that, if Spurs want to win the Premier League, then being knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage may in fact be the best thing for them; a view Pochettino certainly won't agree with.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen and team mates look dejected after West Bromwich Albion's Nacer Chadli scores their first goalTottenham's Christian Eriksen and team mates look dejected after Nacer Chadli's goal

“I think Spurs are a strong side but whether they've got enough strength in depth to keep it going in the Premier League and the Champions League is questionable,” said Nevin. “If they want to be challengers and maybe even win the Premier League, the best thing that could happen to them is to be knocked out of the Champions League pretty early.”

Tottenham showed their squad depth by beating Premier League leaders Manchester City without Kane, and the summer additions of Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and Vincent Janssen have certainly given Pochettino more options.

Only time will tell whether Tottenham's squad really is strong enough to compete in the Premier League and Champions League, but having worked so hard to return to Europe's premier club competition, it would be foolish to sacrifice the Champions League so early.

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