So much has been made of the head-to-head duel between Liverpool and Manchester City in the pursuit of the Premier League title that it’s often easy to forget that Spurs are only five points off top spot as well. When City were five points off Liverpool at the summit of the league the consensus was that it was very much game on. So why aren’t Spurs being taken as seriously?
It’s probably because they refuse to go away rather than set the pace. You can’t help but be taken aback when looking at the Premier League table to see that Spurs are within touching distance of the northern juggernauts that are steamrolling the rest of the league. After all, how could they be? Daniel Levy hasn’t spent a dime this season in the transfer market and consequently, Tottenham have become the first club to add no new faces to their squad since last season’s winter transfer window.
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Title contenders spend money and lots of it, which is probably the biggest reason many pundits don’t have them down with a chance of winning the Premier League. There’s also no forgetting that Harry Kane’s injury layoff would have dented any title hopes Spurs had and convinced even the most optimistic Tottenham fan that is just wasn’t happening this season.
The introduction of the less-than-mobile Fernando Llorente for Harry Kane up front wasn’t seen as the final nail in the coffin of their title hopes, but actually their Champions League ambitions for next season.
Have we got that wrong though? There’s no getting away from the fact that Llorente isn’t anywhere near the player Harry Kane is, but it was the Spaniard that nodded in at the far post to secure three points against Watford. Llorente was also on hand to provide the assist Son needed to score the winner against Newcastle, which took them back into the reckoning for the league title.
At the moment when you bet on the Premier League winner on Betfair, you’ll see Spurs are in some cases at odds of 19/1 to win the title. Typically, City and Liverpool are seen as the obvious choices but that could change given the Lilywhites have their destiny in their own hands with fixtures against the Reds and Citizens to come.
There’s lots of talk about it being the bigger fixtures that will decide the league, but that surely has to die down now after Liverpool dropped points to Leicester and West Ham whilst City tripped up on Tyneside. The common agreement is that Liverpool are becoming nervy and feeling the pressure, but the same could be said for City and if you think back they were the ones that began to fold first after a loss to Crystal Palace at home over Christmas.
The only team not showing nerves is Tottenham Hotspur given how far under the radar they are flying.
Beneath the famous arch with a sometimes depleted looking crowd at Wembley, Spurs are quietly going about their business in a way that isn’t flashy but rather massively effective. Some might say that is the characteristic of a team that can win the league.