How far can Harry Redknapp take his Tottenham Hotspur team? A thumping 3-0 victory over Manchester City on Wednesday evening has cemented their status as perennial fourth place chasers. But who will drop out of the top four to make way for Spurs? And does Mr.Redknapp have the financial clout to usurp one of the traditional big four?
The season so far for Harry Redknapp and his Tottenham side has been one of many ups and a few downs so far.
The Lilywhites have endured a number of disastrous results thus far in the 2009/10 campaign, most recently against Everton where they threw away a two goal lead against the Merseysiders and ended up drawing the game 2-2. They also were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 at White Hart Lane, displaying an abject and soulless performance.
Salvation has come in recent weeks, the most notable being the 9-1 victory over Wigan. Though, inconsistency still reins for the North Londoners as they were soundly beaten by a Manchester United reserve side in the Carling Cup at the beginning of December.
The victory over the Reds’ city rivals has meant Harry Redknapp has taken Spurs up to fifth place in the Premier League, two points behind fourth place Aston Villa and North London rivals Arsenal. However, the stop/start nature of Spurs’ campaign thus far could threaten to derail any charge for a Champions League spot, which is the ultimate ambition for the club.
The squad assembled is one of the best around, in my opinion only bettered by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. Harry is a manager of quality, but for me there are questions about whether he can tough it out with the big players i.e. Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Carlo Ancelotti.
Who will they displace? Liverpool seem the likely targets but a disastrous season has left them surprisingly in sixth place, a mere three points off Tottenham’s pace. For me it would take a great effort from Spurs in infiltrate the exclusive Champions League club, but Harry has assembled probably the best Tottenham side in 20 years, there appears to be ample investment from Mr Levy and board, a new stadium in the offing, things look very bright for Tottenham.
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