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Could Tottenham challenge for Premier League title

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At the start of the season, if you had said that Tottenham Hotspurs would be title contenders for English Premier League (EPL), even its hardcore supporters would have shrugged you off. But, midway through the season, the Spurs occupy fourth position with 36 points from 20 games. They are just 6 points off the top ranked Arsenal. They are in with a shot and it is time for everyone at White Hart Lane to fix their sights on winning the Premier League.


There is sound logic to this argument. Defending Champions Chelsea have started so badly that they had to change their manager mid-course. It is safe to say that Stamford Bridge would have written their chances off already. Manchester United is still lurking around but that is where it is – just loitering around. There is so much inconsistency and weakness in the Red Devils squad that it would take a monumental effort from them for the Premier League to end up at Old Trafford.

Among the genuine contenders, Manchester City is very inconsistent and has shown its weakness in seizing opportunities and the lead on many occasions already. And the current leaders Arsenal have also shown their awful side with some melt-down performances. Then of course is the surprise package of the season Leicester City. The Foxes have been one of the most consistent sides but recent games suggest their form could be catching up with them.

That leaves us with Spurs who have been one of the most (if not, the most) consistent sides of the campaign. There have just been two defeats for this Spurs side – one on the opening day at Manchester United and the other through a last-gasp goal by Newcastle United. Upfront, they boast of Harry Kane who is one of the best finishers going around in the league. Erik Lamela seems to have found his rhythm back after his disappointing couple of years at the club. And we have not yet spoken about Dele Alli who is showing that he’s the real find of the season.

The biggest influence though has been the back-four pairing. Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have been ever present and have conceded the fewest goals in the league (15). If they can continue their form, along with Eric Dier, this Tottenham defence should continue to be the meanest. All this, of course, is the result of the growing influence of their young manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has been brilliant in culling the squad and then assembling one of the best squads of recent years to play at the Lane.

It depends on how well the players seize the opportunity and make the best of the occasion at hand. They should also resist any temptation to sell their big players who have been courting attention from all over the globe. Unlike previous years, this Spurs squad has all the ingredients to go all the way in the Premier League. Can they do it?

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