Former Arsenal and Tottenham centre-back Sol Campbell has backed Tottenham to finish in a top-four spot despite the set-back faced against Watford, HITC reports.
Following an opening three wins from three including a hit and run style 3-0 victory at Old Trafford against Manchester United, Tottenham fell to their first defeat of the season at the hands of high-flying Watford. Spurs took the lead at Vicarage Road before two quickfire headers gave Watford a 2-1 victory. The backlash from the defeat brought back the concerns fuelled by the failure to sign a single player in the summer.
Tottenham’s performance on Sunday was lacklustre, players lacked energy in both the first and second half.
When looking to inject a change and shift the pace, Mauricio Pochettino lacked options off the bench. There was no alternative attacking threat for the North London side and with failed attempts to sign Jack Grealish and James Maddison, Pochettino has right to be frustrated with the squad depth.
The lack of options on the bench and rotation with four different competitions to compete in is bound to take effect on Tottenham’s season. But Sol Campbell believes Spurs have sufficient talent in the squad to secure top four ahead of North London rivals Arsenal.
“They (Tottenham) have got a strong enough, but Arsenal have to still get there while trying to nail down that playing out of the back. You can’t, straight away, say, ‘We are going to go out and play like Barcelona.’ It is not going to happen overnight.”
With Liverpool and Chelsea coming out of the block flawless and Manchester City bound to be in contention, the last top four spot will be a massive success for any of the “Big Six”.
Tottenham were the only team in the Premier League that failed to recruit in the summer but with a solid core and trusted faces in the camp, Pochettino’s men will be incredibly competitive in the Champions League race.
After the international break, Tottenham will face early leaders Liverpool looking to get back on track.
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