Former international midfielder makes a comparison between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United

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Former Stoke City youth player Robbie Earle praises Tottenham Hotspur ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match.

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Robbie Earle has written in The Stoke Sentinel how the current Tottenham Hotspur side is similar to the Leeds United team under David O’Leary.

Earle made his comments ahead of the Premier League game between Stoke City and Tottenham at Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The former youth player with Stoke has expressed his admiration of the current Spurs set-up.

The 51-year-old former Jamaica international midfielder has stated that the current Tottenham team is similar to the Leeds side under O’Leary.

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Earle, a former Port Vale midfielder, though, does not believe that Spurs will implode like Leeds did in the early noughties.

“From Stoke's point of view, Mark Hughes will be hoping he catches them before they click into top gear,” Earle wrote in The Stoke Sentinel.

“But Mauricio Pochettino has a good group. I managed to spend a day at their training ground in the spring and it was hugely impressive.

“The set up is in place and there is a young squad with a real appetite to do something special. It reminds me of the team David O'Leary put together at Leeds – and I'm sure this one won't have the same implosion.”

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Leeds achieved great success under O’Leary, who was in charge of the West Yorkshire outfit from 1998 until 2002.

During that period, the Whites finished in the top four of the Premier League, and played in the UEFA Cup and in the Champions League.

The West Yorkshire outfit are now an also-ran in the Championship and have not featured in the Premier League since 2004.

As for Tottenham, the North London outfit were in the Premier League title until the final weeks of the 2015-16 season.

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