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Fears of Tottenham’s top-four collapse are blown out of proportion

The Lilywhites look set to qualify for next season’s Champions League competition.

Max Cohen

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After Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Saturday, the Blues narrowed the gap between fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur to two points.

The distance between Spurs and Chelsea was eight points at the start of April, and much has been made in the media about Tottenham’s possible late-season collapse.

However, these fears have been massively overblown. Spurs are still perfectly placed to attain Champions League qualification, despite their recent dip in form.

Tottenham have endured a horrid run of recent results: a 3-1 humbling at home at the hands of Manchester City was followed by a drab draw against Brighton.

Then the north London side were defeated in their biggest match of the season at the hands of Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-finals.

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Regardless of this poor spell of results, Mauricio Pochettino‘s side remain in pole position to claim fourth spot.

Spurs hold a two-point cushion over their London rivals with a game in hand and their run-in presents four entirely winnable fixtures.

Watford, West Brom, Newcastle, and Leicester City beckon for Tottenham in the following weeks; all teams that either have nothing to play for or will have been relegated by the time they face the Lilywhites.

Watford are comfortably mid-table and haven’t won a match since the first week of March, Newcastle are guaranteed safety and have lost two in a row, while Leicester have lost three out of their last four.

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West Brom are the only side who are in decent form, unbeaten in their last four matches and finally playing with confidence. However, Spurs should have little trouble in sweeping away the league’s bottom side, who most likely will be assured of their fate when the two sides meet.

Tottenham have little reason to worry about losing out on Champions League qualification.

Given their straightforward run-in, it still appears the north London club will be playing in the continent’s premier competition for a third year running.

Max is an 18-year-old football journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football, is an avid follower of Fulham, and co-hosts a weekly Fulham podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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  1. Kevin

    April 29, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Tell that comment about blowing away WBA to United. Spurs lost to Newcastle 5-1 on the last day of the season a few years ago. I believe that NUFC were relegated that season? Spurs cannot afford to be complacent against ANY of the remain games teams.

  2. Cheshuntboy

    April 29, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    The only season that Spurs haven’t suffered a late season collapse under Pochettino was 2016/17, and we all remember the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of relegated ten-man Newcastle the previous year that handed second place to Arsenal – if any team can blow it, it’s Spurs, but let’s see.

  3. john yorke

    April 29, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Everybody is on about chelsea beating spurs to the last champions league spot but if u look at the fixtures, spurs could win all 4 of the remaining fixtures,liverpool and chelsea can’t win all the fixtures because they play each other.If liverpool keep dropping points with a eye on winning the champions league and chelsea beat them,it will go to the last fixture who will finish 4th or 5th.We will finish 3rd.?

  4. c b waters

    April 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    If we keep our heads, we’ll win all 4 games and finish 3rd.
    There is nothing to fear (but fear itself) in ANY of the games left.
    But watch out for the Chelsea mind games, including a timely bid for
    Alderweireld, in order to muddy the waters.
    And with all Chelsea’s money and high profile, don’t rule out all
    sorts of other barely legal tricks and shenanigans, including ‘incentives’ to
    get those remaining teams to play even better against us.
    But I think Liverpool will halt Chelsea in their tracks next week anyway.

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How can Victor Wanyama revive his Tottenham career after ruling out exit?

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2017/18 was a fairly impressive campaign for Tottenham on and off the field as the side adjusted well to playing at Wembley and secured a third placed finish, but one man who ended the season disappointed was midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Kenya international played only 24 games, only 12 of those starts, and saw himself relegated to the fringes of the team for much of the campaign, sparking speculation that his future at White Hart Lane may be at threat.

“I don’t respond to rumours and all those are rumours to me, I still have a contract with Spurs and that is what I want to see through,” he told Goal.

“I did not have a good season with the team because of injury and my aim now is to work hard during this break and return for next season even stronger and help them perform even better.

“I am happy at Tottenham and I am committed to the team. I am not aware of anything and I am very fine and happy where I am.”

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The holding midfielder will now focus on rebuilding his fitness and getting back into the team, showing the kind of brilliance that was clear for all to see in fits and bursts such as with his goal of the season finish at Anfield.

There is clearly a role for the 26-year-old to play in Tottenham’s squad and if Moussa Dembele’s future is uncertain, he could be one of those set to benefit the most and will have an automatic spot in the team when fully fit.

Having forced Mauricio Pochettino to reconsider his deployment of Eric Dier, moving the England man into defence or in a two man holding role to fit Wanyama in, it’s clear that the coach is a fan of his former Southampton player.

Building fitness and consistency will be crucial for Wanyama and doing so in time for pre-season could be pivotal. If he can do that and get a strong warm-up and preparation under his belt ready for when his team-mates return from World Cup duty, he can start the season in the team and make a statement of intent early on.

Few doubt Wanyama’s quality and no-one will want to see him depart, even if the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea come calling as Goal suggest, but he will have to repay Tottenham for keeping the faith in him throughout a season of frustration for him and show what he can do on a regular basis.

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Ahmed Hegazi would be inadequate Toby Aderweireld replacement

Latest reports are linking the Egyptian with a move to White Hart Lane.

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As Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Aderweireld becomes more heavily linked with a move away from north London this summer, the club is on the search for a new central defender to fill his boots.

According to The Guardian, one mooted replacement is West Bromwich Albion centre-back Ahmed Hegazi; but Spurs should surely aim higher than a player who was part of a relegated side that sported one of the worst defences in the league.

Hegazi joined the Baggies from Egyptian football at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and became an ever-present at the Hawthorns in his debut season.

The Egyptian international caught the eye with a number of impressive performances at the back, yet was helpless as West Brom finished second-bottom and and suffered relegation to the Championship.

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The departure of the Belgian needs to be met with a signing of the highest quality in order for Tottenham to show they can seriously challenge for silverware next season; Ahmed Hegazi simply is an inadequate man for the job.

Being part of a backline that shipped 56 goals in 38 matches, 20 more than Spurs conceded all year and the eighth-worst in the Premier League, is the opposite of an impressive credential.

And with Spurs already singing central defenders Davinson Sanchez and Cameron Carter-Vickers to long-term deals this summer, the acquisition of the 27-year-old Egyptian seemingly makes little sense.

The pursuit of the relegated West Brom defender should surely be called off in favour of higher-profile defensive talents such as Ajax’s Matias de Ligt or other players from Europe’s elite.

The inadequate signing of Ahmed Hegazi from West Brom would do little to help Tottenham Hotspur launch a sustained title challenge in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s new contract release clause should concern Tottenham fans

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There was the news that all Tottenham fans had been waiting and hoping for on Thursday as it was announced that Mauricio Pochettino had put pen to paper on an extended contract at the club.

The deal will run until 2023, as announced on the club’s official website, and reflects the long-term commitment from both parties after an impressive first four seasons in north London from the Argentinian.

However, fans will come back down to earth with a bump when they read MARCA‘s reports which claim that the contract includes an escape clause which would allow Pochettino to depart the club if Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain come calling.

The report goes on to state that the former Espanyol and Southampton boss is desperate to one day manage the Champions League finalists, whilst his history as a player at PSG would certainly make a move there appealing.

(during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on November 1, 2017 in London, United Kingdom.

It would be no surprise if either of those huge clubs were to be interested in appointing Pochettino given that he has turned Tottenham into title contenders by spending little and developing young players into world beaters.

A new stadium gives new ambition and hope which could take Spurs to the next level, and whilst that may help to persuade the coach to stay, it could equally catch the eye of those abroad if it provides a platform to finally lift silverware for the first time in his career.

By committing to what could be a nine year stay if he sees out his new deal, Pochettino clearly has no plans to go anywhere just yet.

But with Daniel Levy ready to invest and back his man, it will be a nagging worry knowing that he could depart at any moment if Zinedine Zidane or Thomas Tuchel depart their clubs and Pochettino becomes a target.

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