Adrian Durham believes it’s too early to label Tottenham as title contenders following their incredible collapse against West Ham on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s men looked to be cruising to a 3-0 victory against their London rivals, but three goals in the final eight minutes capped a remarkable comeback from the Hammers who gained a valuable point on the road.
Harry Kane got two goals and an assist on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to seal three points against West Ham
And Durham believes it’s Spurs’ defensive woes which illustrate why they can’t be put among the Premier League’s elite clubs just yet.
On Monday’s Drivetime, Durham explained: “Is that the reason why Spurs can’t win the title? Defensively, in this crazy season in particular, they just can’t cope.
“So as optimistic as some Tottenham fans are, and I think a lot of other fans – Chelsea, Arsenal – from title contender clubs were seriously looking at Spurs under Jose.
“Looking at what he’s getting out of Harry Kane, looking at [Heung-min] Son’s consistent performances as well and thinking with the signings they’ve made Spurs might actually make a dent in the title challenge this year.
Durham believes Spurs will not challenge for this season’s Premier League
“And then we see that [against West Ham] yesterday, a capitulation with 10 minutes left and we realise the Spursyness has not gone out of Spurs.”
However, ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood believes that his former side can still win this season’s Premier League – especially after the recent news regarding Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury.
Sherwood, 51, has told talkSPORT the long-term injury to the Liverpool centre-back has thrown the title race wide open this season, and feels Mourinho’s side are now one of the top contenders.
Van Dijk’s season could well be over after he suffered a third grade ACL tear during the Reds’ feisty Merseyside derby with Everton.
When quizzed on Spurs’ title hopes, Sherwood responded: “Well, why not?
“They’ve got so many players, they had seven on the bench yesterday and they had Carlos Vinicius who was the only one who wasn’t an international footballer.
Sherwood, on the other hand, has backed his former side to challenge for the title
“They’ve got Dele Alli who can’t even get changed, Danny Rose hasn’t got a squad number, they’ve got a massive amount of quality in their squad.
“They’ve got a manager who is used to winning, Jose knows how to win things.
“Gareth Bale needs to get fit; obviously when he came on he had that one lung-busting run, his shot went past the post and when you saw his face after that he was struggling to breathe – he needs to get back to fitness, he’s not ready to start at the moment.
“But when he gets back to fitness, alongside Son and Kane, there’s no better front three in world football, is there? Liverpool fans will argue, of course…
“If Jose gets a nice solid base behind those three, and you’ve got Hugo Lloris who is one of the best goalkeepers in the league, Tottenham have got every chance.”