Tottenham Hotspur secured a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday night to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League table following an unbeaten start to 2023-24.
However, Gary Neville does still not believe that they are capable of challenging for the title. Spurs have been impressive under new manager Ange Postecoglou, with eight wins and two draws to their name in the opening ten league games.
Their fans and players will be dreaming of going all the way and battling for the Premier League title, but Neville does not see that happening.
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“I don’t think they are,” the former Manchester United star replied on Sky Sports when asked if Tottenham are potential league winners or potential title challengers following tonight’s result.
“No, I don’t think they are. Honestly, I don’t think they are. I think, this is to be fair, something that will settle down in the next few months, but if for some reason the rest of the teams just are not quite there, and Tottenham are obviously out of other competitions, they are not in Europe, not in the Carabao Cup, they have got free weeks and they keep their players fit, all those things that can happen in an exceptional season.
“If they are in contention in January and are up there, then why would they not just try and boost their squad slightly to have a go at it? Because if Manchester City are not quite there, if Arsenal sort of slip up, those teams are in Europe and Tottenham have got a free run, why would you not have a little go?
“I don’t think they are good enough to win the league, but what they are doing at this point in time is surpassing all expectations of where we thought they would be and they are really enjoyable, and he is doing a great job for them.”
Spurs last won a trophy in 2008 and have never won the Premier League since the new format kicked off in 1992.
They last won the first division title in 1961, and given their recent disappointments in the search for silverware, it is only normal for Neville and their detractors to rule them out of the title race.
There are still 28 league games to go for them, and that is a long way, but Spurs will fancy their chances of winning the title if they are still in contention by Christmas.
Tottenham will need to have Son Heung-min and James Maddison fit and firing on all cylinders for the rest of the season to have a chance of challenging for the title, while their other players will also need to keep stepping up.
The return of Rodrigo Bentancur tonight since he tore his ACL in February is a huge boost for Postecoglou, but they need to bolster their squad in January to boost their chances of pipping others to the Premier League, and this season could be their best chance to win the title in a long while.