Were Harry Redknapp’s side just punching above their weight for two thirds of the season, and instead now we are seeing the real Tottenham Hotspur?
More dropped points at Sunderland means they only have a three point cushion over Chelsea and Newcastle United in the race for Champions League football.
Tottenham’s remaining fixtures look relatively straightforward, hosting Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, and travelling to struggling Queens Park Rangers, Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa.
But it wouldn’t be a surprise to see their end of season slump continue, with the White Hart Lane outfit surrendering the chance to play in the Champions League again.
Spurs seem to have lost all of their early season steel, swagger and creativity, and have let themselves down after recovering so well from a dreadful start to the season.
Harry Redknapp’s court case and the speculation about the England job will not have helped, but how they have capitulated so greatly is mystifying.
Then again, if Spurs had held onto that two-goal lead against Arsenal, they would have wrapped up third place by now.
That 5-2 hammering at The Emirates seems to have shaken the players greatly, and Redknapp must take his share of the blame for failing to get the players going again.
Luis Suárez might have grabbed a late equaliser at Anfield on Saturday, but a 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa is still a bad result.
Liverpool managed to avoid suffering four defeats on the bounce but they’ve still only taken four points from eight games.
Granted, the home side were unlucky not to beat Villa but they seem to lack anything close to a clinical striker at the moment that they can rely on consistently.
Unless Kenny Dalglish can secure a Carling and FA Cup double then he could be facing the wrath of the Reds’ American owners.
Liverpool need serious investment, and what’s the point of giving Dalglish another £100million to spend on sub-standard players?
Then again, most clubs would relish the chance to secure a cup double and a top-ten finish – though Liverpool aren’t most clubs.
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