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Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs already out of title race, says Paul Merson

Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs already out of title race, says Paul Merson

‘Biggest disappointment this season so far’ – Paul Merson blasts this team’s start to the season

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has labelled Spurs’ opening Premier League performances as his biggest disappointment of the season so far, following the Champions League finalists’ surprise home defeat to Newcastle United.

Merson has cast doubt over Tottenham’s title credentials following their stuttering start to the new Premier League season, with just one win from the opening three games for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

The former Arsenal man expressed his concerns over Spurs’ start to the current campaign in his weekly column for Sky Sports, with their initial showings leaving the pundit shocked.

He said: “Spurs look in disarray, a worrying sign this early in the season.

“They are out of the title race already, five points behind Liverpool with three games played. That may sound harsh, but would you back Spurs to win the league over Liverpool if Liverpool had a five-point head start?

“They fell over the line against Aston Villa, somehow got a point at Manchester City after the biggest runaround you’re likely to see and then they never looked like scoring against Newcastle.

“Something isn’t right at Spurs, but what is clear is that Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t got his team right yet.

“I rate Tottenham highly as a team – they were Champions League finalists less than three months ago after all – but they have shocked me, they have been my biggest disappointment this season so far.”

Merson’s criticism of Spurs could be considered unfair – in the sense that their perceived capability of delivering the title may have led to some unrealistic expectations.

Having to contend with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool (who both notched over 90 points last season) for the title these days, even their previous best of 86 in 2016/17 would be some way off the required total to overthrow the current frontrunners.

That said, their run to the Champions League final – and recent draw against City – may suggest a big-game prowess, but clearly, a consistency they have been unable to find is what is holding them back from mounting a serious challenge, with just four wins in their last 15 Premier League matches demonstrating just that.

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