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“Title challengers? I don’t think so”- Renowned journalist tells Tottenham fans to lower their expectations

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Tottenham have the most touches in the opposition box in the Premier League so far.

Renowned journalist tells Tottenham Hotspur fans to lower Premier League title expectations

BBC’s chief football writer Phil McNulty has said that Tottenham Hotspur aren’t genuine title contenders in his opinion.

Spurs enter the October international break top of the tree, with 20 points from eight matches. Both Arsenal and Spurs have the same points.

But we lead the table on the basis of goals scored. Tottenham also have a two-point lead over last year’s treble winners Manchester City and are three points ahead of Liverpool.

Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring against Luton Town. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)
Micky van de Ven of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring against Luton Town. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

McNulty has praised Tottenham’s start to the season but said that top four should be their realistic aim. He wrote in his column:

“Spurs will miss Harry Kane, of course, but there is a real positivity about their play and they seem to have bought into what Ange Postecoglou wants pretty much instantly, with new signings such as James Maddison and new keeper Guglielmo Vicario settling in so quickly.

“To be top of the table going into the international break is more than Spurs fans would have expected. Title challengers? I don’t think so but already they have every right to be thinking about the top four.”

McNulty can have his own views but he can’t dim Spurs fans’ expectations. As improbable as it sounded in the summer, Tottenham look more like a team after Harry Kane‘s exit.

Harry Kane praises Tottenham Hotspur's bright start under Ange Postecoglou.
Ange Postecoglou is transforming Tottenham Hotspur this season. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Not that Kane wasn’t a team player, but players across the pitch have taken the onus to create and score chances. And we have been in a number of different situations already in the season despite playing just eight league games.

We had a draw against Arsenal, beat Liverpool in dramatic fashion, eked out a result against 10-man Luton Town and, of course, managed to score two late goals to beat Sheffield United.

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Whether we can do that consistently remains to be seen, because the quality in the Premier League has arguably never been higher. Top four should be the minimum but there is absolutely nothing wrong with aiming for the title, which is a realistic expectation to have after the start we have had.

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