Premier League

How former title rival could finally provide Spurs with trophy-winning spark

With Tottenham Hotspur now all but out of the title race, the biggest job on Mauricio Pochettino’s hands will be to identify just why his side fell short. 

Sure, the loss to bitter rivals West Ham United pretty much sealed it for Chelsea, though THAT Friday night at the London Stadium can’t be wholly attributed to their failed title tilt.

Spurs’ draws with the likes of Sunderland, Bournemouth and West Brom (with all due respect) are probably the major reason why those from Hotspur Way have been unable to truly catch the Blues since their switch a 3-4-3.

The win over Antonio Conte’s champions-elect at White Hart Lane is all well and good, though Tottenham have proved they struggle to break down compact outfits.

Though Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen provide central striker Harry Kane with support, you get the feeling they’re just one creative attacker off having the best squad in the Premier League.

With that in mind, recent links with Leicester City title hero Riyad Mahrez should be further explored. Granted, the Algerian has struggled to replicate the wonderful form that saw him crowned Player of the Year last season, though remains a wonderful talent.

At his best, his ingenuity on the ball is a sight for sore eyes. In Spurs’ wonderfully vibrant and tactically flexible young side, the 26-year-old would add that touch of class, helping force a way through compact banks of four or five.

While he previously proved to be a title rival, Mahrez certainly could provide Tottenham with a trophy-winning spark, at last.


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