Alright, hear me out.
Go on, it’ll be worth it.
That headline above is accurate. It’s not a trick or an attempt at clickbait. It really could be worth putting a bet on Tottenham Hotspur winning the Premier League this season.
Will they win it? No, probably not, but that’s not really the point.
Spurs are 81.00 for what would be a first league title in 55 years, but if they keep on playing the way that they have been lately then that price isn’t going to last for much longer.
They were excellent in Sunday’s North London derby clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. It was, in the end, a draw from which both clubs could take more than just the point they each picked up, but there was a real sense that Spurs were holding their own in a big game. This had more than just the pride of London’s N postcode riding on it, and both knew that.
Mauricio Pochettino has become a shining example of just what can happen when a manager is given the time and backing to get his methods across. In previous years he may well have been let go after a failure to finish in the top four in his first campaign, but Daniel Levy decided to leave his trigger finger tucked in his pocket, and rightly so.
He might have been a touch fortunate to inherit a squad which included, in Harry Kane, a player who no-one quite knew was going to turn out to be this good, but around the talented Englishman there are several players who are coming into their own.
Erik Lamela looked like the player that Spurs fans thought they were getting two years ago at the Emirates on Sunday, whilst Christian Eriksen has evolved into one of the very best playmakers in the Premier League. Behind him, Dele Alli and Eric Dier go about their work with a controlled aggression that you wouldn’t expect from players so young, whilst Mousa Dembele has become undroppable.
Even further back, the familiarity of Belgian international teammates and former Ajax colleagues Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld makes for one of the best central defensive partnerships in the Premier League, and everyone knows how good Hugo Lloris is by now.
If there is a weakness it’s probably the full-backs, but Danny Rose provided the through ball for Kane’s goal on Sunday, and if Pochettino ever decides that Kyle Walker’s brain melts have become too much of an issue he’s got an able deputy he can call on in Kieran Trippier.
Spurs still haven’t lost a league game since a narrow defeat at a sleepwalking Manchester United on the opening day, and, at five points off top spot in the table with uncertainty abound at most of the other traditional contenders, that price of 81.00 just looks too big.
Back it, and then cash out for a profit when the odds tumble in a few months, which they will do if Pochettino’s men keep on playing the way they have been.
I told you it was going to make sense eventually, right?.
Still not having it?
Well, I tried.
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