If you haven’t already, then it’s time to seriously accept that Tottenham Hotspur are genuine challengers for the title this season, even if Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho are now managing sides in England.
Spurs will consider themselves desperately unlucky that they didn’t snatch the title last season with all the so-called ‘big teams’ not doing particularly well.
Now, after eight games this season, they are the only team in the league that remain unbeaten, sitting in third place and only a solitary point behind joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
With Manchester United, City and Chelsea all bringing in top class managers over the summer, it was hard to see Spurs replicating their astonishing season of last year but they have got off to a fantastic start.
They have a relatively young but energetic manager in Mauricio Pochettino. He is known for getting the most out of his players and made vital additions to his squad during the recent summer transfer window.
Apart from maybe Leicester City in the last campaign, who really only used 12/13 players to win the title, a title-winning side needs strength in depth if they are to go all the way.
When Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid in 2013, then manager André Villas-Boas spent big, but not wisely. Last summer Pochettino spent his kitty with incredible wise.
They offloaded, Nacer Chadli, one of the 2013 flops, for £13 million, and purchased arguably one of the signings of the season so far in Victor Wanyama for £11 million.
The manager brought in the extremely talented Dutch striker Vincent Janssen as a back-up for Harry Kane as well as one of the boldest signings of the summer with the deadline day transfer of Moussa Sissoko for £30 million.
That fee for Sissoko, who is thought of as unpredictable and a player that struggles with his end product, was disputed at the time by several pundits; however, the 27-year-old possesses great ability running with the ball and although he might not be a starter, the Frenchman is versatile and a fantastic player to have in the squad.
At the back, Spurs have a top class net minder in Hugo Lloris and two excellent full backs in Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, both of whom would get into the first team at the majority of Premier League clubs.
Centre-halves might be their only weakness as far as a title-winning-side is concerned. While they do have quality in Belgian pairing Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen – as well as Eric Dier who can play there along with defensive midfield – they seem to lack a natural born leader.
As far as creativity goes, Tottenham have one of the most blessed sides in the Premier League at present. Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Song and Erik Lamela are all known for creating chances for the front men and crucially popping up with a goal every now and then.
In addition they have one of the most exciting prospects in English football in Dele Alli, who is still just 20 years of age. His remarkable skill set and eye for a pass will make him a player that Spurs will struggle to hold onto in the future.
Up front Spurs have a young strike force of Janssen and Kane, who are just 22 and 23 years of age respectively.
Kane has been injured since September 17 and still Spurs are producing positive results. The England man has scored 46 league goals over the past two campaigns and if he can get back fit and produce performances reminiscent of last season and the season before, then Tottenham’s title chances will go right down to the wire.
William Dunne, Pundit Arena