Peter Crouch doesn’t believe that Tottenham will finish in the top four of the Premier League this season and feels their poor form earlier in the campaign will cost them.
Spurs have managed to break back into the conversation for a top four finish since Jose Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as manager.
The North London club are fifth in the table just four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while third-placed Leicester City are a further eight points ahead of them.
Spurs lead a chasing pack trying to force their way into the Champions League spots and a win over Manchester City in their last league fixture boosted their hopes.
But their next three league games against Aston Villa, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers could turn out to be decisive in their campaign.
Crouch feels that the top four is already beyond Spurs and advised them to put their focus on the FA Cup, where they host Norwich City in the fifth round at the beginning of March.
“Tottenham got a tremendous boost last Sunday, with an unexpected win against Manchester City, but I don’t think it will make a difference to the outcome of their Premier League campaign,” Crouch wrote in the Daily Mail.
“I believe Leicester and Chelsea will finish in the top four and there will be little my old team can do about it. The points squandered at that start of the season are going to cost them a place in the top four.”
Chelsea may hold a four-point advantage at the moment keeping them in fourth, but they have just two victories in their last seven league matches.
Spurs have every chance of making a late charge towards them if they find any kind of consistency and they have been boosted by the January addition of attacker Steven Bergwijn.
It would be great for the club to try win some silverware in the FA Cup, but it’s so important they try to get back in the Champions League for next season too and it’s still within their reach.