Crystal Palace and ex-Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has given a glowing verdict on his former club, who he believes did an incredible job in the most recent summer transfer window.
Spurs currently sit top of the Premier League table after nine games and travel to Chelsea at the weekend for a huge London showdown.
Jose Mourinho’s side strengthened their squad in the summer with the signings of Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Rodon, Carlo Vinicius, Joe Hart and Gareth Bale (loan).
The North London club now look much more equipped to try win silverware this season and Townsend has been discussing their title chances, as well as picking out two important new signings.
Doherty, 28, has made a great impact at right-back since his arrival from Wolverhampton Wanderers and there is great competition in his position with teammate Serge Aurier.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old midfielder Hojbjerg has arguably been the signing of the summer, as he’s become a nailed-on starter since joining from Southampton and has been an enforcer in the centre of the park.
“I think you ask any Spurs fan about title talk they’ll say the same. There is a long way to go. There is a lot of matches, a lot of competitions in a short space of time. Tottenham at the moment top of the table they seem to have done incredibly in the transfer window,” Townsend said.
“Some people were questioning their signings, they weren’t really marquee signings. You speak about [Matt] Doherty, you speak about Hojbjerg, but they’ve added what they missed in the past. They’ve added that steel, they’ve added that fight, they’ve added that determination and hopefully that is the missing piece that Spurs needed to go that extra step and really challenge for a title.”
It’s a little too soon for Spurs fans to get carried away with discussions about the title, but it will send out a real statement on Sunday if they manage to earn three points at Stamford Bridge against an in-form Chelsea team.
Mourinho’s side need to get through a Europa League fixture with Ludogorets on Thursday before attention turns to the weekend and importantly the manager has a squad that allows him to make a few rotations.
He’s now got two right-backs in Doherty and Aurier who are pushing to get the best out of each other, while Hojberg is a combative rock that has helped completely reshape the midfield.