Three reasons why Tottenham can finish in top four
Owen Fulda explains three reasons why Tottenham can finish in top four
Kane has finally broken his duck
With his well-taken finish in the stunning second-half demolition of Manchester City, Harry Kane finally ended talk of his goal drought. Now he’s got that monkey off his back, Spurs expect big things of the England hitman. It looks like the young striker has eventually begun to rediscover the sharpness which propelled him into the limelight last season. Another run of goal-scoring form in similar vein to last term could be enough to see Tottenham challenging with Liverpool for the fourth Champions League place. Kane should have more help from his teammates to share the burden which he almost exclusively shouldered last season. Manager Mauricio Pochettino is still tinkering with Tottenham’s formation and seemingly hasn’t yet settled on his strongest line-up. This hasn’t helped Kane as the a striker thrives off knowing where and when the creative players will deliver him the ball. Once Spurs have a consistent team they should deliver more impressive results similar to the 4-1 win over City.
Chelsea’s abysmal Premier League form
Although many thought Chelsea’s win over Arsenal would kick-start their season, the Blues still put in another fairly hapless display in their 2-2 draw against an equally awful Newcastle side. Ramires conjured up a wonder strike that inspired a fightback but Jose Mourinho’s men still look miles away from the side that lifted the Premier League trophy last season. Mourinho’s bizarre obsession with Arsene Wenger could well be a smokescreen to deflect attention away from his side’s poor start to the season but it could be backfiring on him. The pressure is still increasing on the Stamford Bridge side and the situation is certainly benefitting Tottenham. The two clubs don’t meet in the league until November’s fixture at White Hart Lane, but the outcome is sure to have a large impact on the race for Champions League football. With Chelsea averaging just over one point per game thus far, the west London outfit need to string together a decent run of results to prevent themselves being left in the dust by Christmas. It’s hard to see Roman Abramovich accepting a year of Europa League football given the millions of pounds he’s invested in the playing staff.
The quality of Lloris
When Petr Cech joined Arsenal from Chelsea this summer, John Terry claimed the legendary goalkeeper was worth between 12 and 15 points per season. If that is the case then what must Hugo Lloris be worth? His stunning save against Crystal Palace can already arguably go down as three gained. He kept the game at nil-nil before Spurs went up the other end and scored the only goal of the game. Lloris is a world-class keeper in a league where we are currently blessed with another. David de Gea is in the same bracket and debatably so are Joe Hart and Cech. This is could well be Lloris’ last season at the Lane if Spurs don’t finish in the top four, considering the Frenchman turns 29 in December and has been representing Spurs since 2012. He deserves to play in the best club competition in the world and if he continues to show his early season form, he might just help Tottenham over the line into the promised land of the Champions League.