Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Could Tottenham be Leicester’s biggest title rival?

Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been key players inTottenham's promising campaign

Dele Alli and Harry Kane have been key players inTottenham’s promising campaign

The Premier League world has gone mad. The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are all looking up at those little upstarts Leicester at the top of the Premier League table.

The Foxes are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League table following a 3-1 win at Premier League moneybags Manchester City.

Some cynics thought Claudio Ranieri’s team would be shown-up as the title imposers that they are at big spending City.

In reality the side from Midlands did what they have done all season, produced a fantastic team performance and against all odds came away from Manchester with maximum points. They are now the team to catch.

Whisper it quietly Tottenham are second

Ironically because of Leicester’s brilliant campaign so far this season, Tottenham’s performances have gone slightly under the radar. Spurs just keep winning and are finding the sort of consistency that the other so called ‘big teams’ have struggled for this season.

The likes of promising young English players Harry Kane and Dele Alli have been at the heart of the Spurs revival. Both have been in the sort of form that bodes well for England’s European Championship hopes.

However, the pair have the small matter of helping Spurs compete for the Premier League title to think about before heading for France in the summer.

Tottenham have not looked this good since Gareth Bale spent a season tearing top-flight defences apart and arguably that team was not as good as the current one. From reading forums and comment sections Spurs fans are enjoying their current ride and so they should.

It’s hard not to like Tottenham at the moment. They have a highly-talented young boss, who we will come to later on, a very good young team and a set of supporters who are realistic about their team. What is there not to like about Tottenham?

A team builder

Those who read my editorial will be bored by admiration for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino. For me as a football manager he can do no wrong. The Argentinian arrived at Spurs when the squad had an enormous amount of deadwood, largely bought with the massive fee received for Bale.

A lot of those players were players with massively inflated price tags. Pochettino gradually edged that dead wood out of the squad and even managed to get compatriot Erik Lamela to put in decent performances, which most Spurs fans did not believe possible.

Pochettino went about his business in a tidy quiet manner, strengthening his team with clever signings like Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli that have transformed Spurs from nearly men to title challengers this season.

While Manchester City and Manchester United have spent big on players, Spurs spent wisely and strengthened their weak positions, while those big money signings at other clubs have flattered to deceive this season.

The Tottenham boss is being talked about as a potential Manchester United boss, but if this season was a horse race Spurs would be ahead of the Red Devils by a neck.

A vital weekend

Next weekend is a vital one for all the Premier League’s top four, as they face off against each other. Leicester visit Arsenal, while Tottenham head to big spending Manchester City, hoping to achieve a similar feat to Leicester and come away from the Etihad Stadium with a win.

I think I speak for a lot of neutrals when I say I would not mind either Tottenham or Leicester upsetting the odds this season and claim the title. I have never hidden my dislike of the big money involved in the Premier League.

Clubs buy their way to the Premier League title. It’s just spend, spend, spend for the elite clubs in the English top-flight, so for a team like Tottenham, who have spent money, but not lots to be challenging for the title is a great story.

Leicester’s story is even more extraordinary, but I think I have milked that particular cow dry when it comes to praise for the Foxes and their fantastic achievements this season.

Tottenham are currently odds of 9/2 to win the Premier League title this season. For me they may just have the guile, quality and determination to be Leicester’s main rivals this season.

Next weekend’s results will have big implications at the top of the Premier League table and will show us if Tottenham really are genuine title challengers this season. They certainly cannot be written-off at this stage of the campaign.

Could Tottenham be Leicester’s biggest title rival?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



Leave a Reply

Be the First to Comment!

Notify of
More More