Gone are the days of the so called “The Big Four” as other Premier League clubs have slowly begun to paint a vivid picture of their capabilities. The last three seasons has seen the most successful English club Liverpool bow out of the top four carving the way for Manchester City, the new heavy spenders in the Premiership. Everton and Spurs have begun edging closer to a breakthrough into the top four, with the later having done so last season.
Despite what critics and fans say about the club, Spurs are a great football team who has done remarkably well since Harry Redknapp took charge of the North London club. They pulled off one of the biggest shockers in the Champions League last season when they defeated AC Milan at the San Siro, something which instantly became an iconic moment in the club’s history. Not many English clubs have gone to Milan and tasted victory but it is a victory that the North London club rightfully deserved. They are always labeled as a team which competes for a Europa League or UEFA Cup spot (as it was previously known as) but their performances over the last few seasons may point to that label being changed. They currently sit in fourth position level on points with Chelsea despite having seen star players Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart leave in the summer.
Modric was the talisman of the Spurs team who made things tick for them and van der Vaart added experience to the side. A loss of players of such caliber is a blow to any team but Spurs have taken it positively and have moved on with the best resources available. So why they are not branded as a top four team? It probably comes down to their inconsistency. They have competed in the UEFA Cup and reached the quarter finals in 2007 but slumped to an eleventh placed league finish next season and eighth the following campaign.
If Spurs continue to play like they have been this season, and if their buccaneering darling Gareth Bale continues to put in scintillating performances week in week out, Spurs could just well finish in the top four. Think, it’s time media should give them due credit.