Three reasons why Tottenham Hotspur can finish in top four
Three reasons why Tottenham Hotspur can finish in the Premier League's top four
Tottenham’s midfield has been a solid showing of young and upcoming talent that are thriving under Mauricio Pochettino. Newcomer Dele Alli, who joined from MK Dons in the summer, has set the Premier League alight with incredible performances which have earned him two England caps already and he is almost a shoe-in for the European championship squad in the summer. He has formed a brilliant partnership with Eric Dier, who has been transformed from a right-back to a promising defensive midfielder under Mauricio Pochettino. Another drastic change in Spurs’s midfield is Erik Lamela. Certainly a player that many fans at White Hart Lane would have happily seen the club last summer, the Argentina international has suddenly adapted his game to suit the Premier League. He has already scored seven goals and three assists in all competitions, even prompting Pochettino to admit that he’s a changed man. Their new-look midfield has made Spurs extremely difficult to break down.
With the trusted Hugo Lloris often the recipient of sympathy played behind a back four that have failed to support him in the past, he will be a lot happier with what he is seeing so far. The captain has already got five clean sheets under his belt, and with new signing Toby Alderweireld in brilliant form, too, Spurs look like they finally have a defence that will not let them down. The partnership the summer signing has formed with compatriot Jan Vertonghen is impeccable. In their first 10 games together this season, Spurs have before they leapfrog Manchester United to that all important fourth place and qualify in Europe.
Rivals wasting chances
There is no secret that this season is one of the most hotly-contested seasons yet, with Leicester City the shock leaders heading into the festive period. As Arsenal’s injury problems grow and United struggle to find their form, Spurs have a real opportunity to make ground. Currently Spurs are only three points behind fourth-placed United, and there is a strong chance they will go above them. Currently, United’s team is stagnating with Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Memphis Depay struggling to find the net, while Harry Kane has scored eight in 13 so far. United have failed to score in three of their six league games while Spurs have only failed to find the net once – against Chelsea.