After a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, many football fans continue to speculate whether Tottenham are genuine Premier League title contenders this season. Here are five reasons why such talk is fanciful.
They rely too much on Harry Kane up front
Take away Kane from this team and what have you got? A side more toothless than an earthworm, with Son Heung-Min the closest thing that Tottenham have got to an alternative recognised striker. Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino will address this during the transfer window.
Arsenal and Manchester City are better equipped
The Gunners hold a six-point advantage over their north London rivals and have Alexis Sanchez about to return to a team featuring Mesut Ozil pulling the strings and a rock-solid defence. Similarly, Manchester City could be about to get the best of Sergio Aguero, while Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva provide so much class.
Spurs don’t win enough home games
Just five victories in ten clashes at White Hart Lane, with Newcastle recently claiming a 2-1 win there. Champions tend to be strong at home although the Lane is far from a fortress for Tottenham this term.
Inexperience will be a telling factor
While everyone is raving about Dele Alli, he is not the finished article and can’t be expected to produce the goods, week in and week out. The same applies to Ben Davies and Tom Carroll, even if Roy Hodgson will be delighted to see the latter get game time.
The dreaded Europa League could get in the way
Presumably Pochettino is going to treat this competition seriously, which means more Premier League clashes on a Sunday just days after playing their Europa League matches on a Thursday. Some fans might hope Fiorentina dump them out of the competition so they can focus on domestic matters.