Are Tottenham genuine title contenders?

Redknapp may need new additions in JanuaryWith Gareth Bales emergence as one of the Worlds best, and the acquisition of Rafael van der Vaart, many will have thought that Tottenham Hotspur would be a “decent” side this season.

As it happens, other players within the team have found their own personal form to increase to such a level, that Tottenham are by some, considered as title contenders. Are they really? Or do you see them wilting away towards a tough campaign.

The fact they are in the Champions League this season will help them, although the Spurs manager Harry Redknapp may moan about fixture congestion, it is far easier being in the Champions League than it is in the Europa league, the only difference really is that the Tottenham players are putting more effort in than they did last year in the less popular European competition.

Defensively is the big ask for the North London outfit. In the Premiership alone this season they have leaked 22 goals in 17 matches, Redknapp himself will be telling the defenders that it’s not good enough, whether they can improve on this is the big question and one we shall only really have an answer to toward the end of the season.

Tottenham can score goals. This has been a big advantage for them recently, and although they have not scored when it really would have mattered, they were able to score at times when many will have written them off. The game versus rival Arsenal is a very good example. Not many teams will have been able to come back from 2-0 down.

The fixture list is slightly in Tottenham’s favour, they have played most of the big boys already and picked up some good points, in particular against Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. The bookmakers are not so much in favour of Spurs winning the title and you can get them at prices of around 50-1 in places.

However, should Tottenham be able to keep within striking distance by April and the beginning of May then odds will be slashed drastically. The key to Tottenham’s season will be this Christmas period as at the moment, a gap is starting to appear, should that extend during the festive season then regardless of any new January additions, it will surely be too much for Redknapp and co.

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