Tottenham Hotspur are probably the hardest team to face in the Premier League, at the moment; a combination of power, organisation and solidity, with a little bit of creative magic added to the mix, through the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen – although nowhere near enough, but that’s for another time and place.
Mauricio Pochettino, no doubt to the surprise of Paul Merson and Phil Thompson, has put together a starting XI that has Lilywhites dreaming of finishing above Arsenal for the first time since 23 BC.
The former Saints manager has built a spine – the most important thing to any team that wants to be successful: Cech, Terry, Makelele, Lampard, Drogba; Lehmann, Campbell, Vieira, Henry – but Spurs’ reliance on a core five players, raises as many concerns as it does positives.
But who is the real star in what would be an unreal 5-a-side team?
5th: Toby Alderweireld
100% the best centre-back in the Premier League, at the moment. However, the former Southampton defender is part of back four that has quality all across it, including the best full-back pairing in the league. Source: Twitter
4th: Dele Alli
Like all exciting, creative players, Alli has periods in a season that showcase why the CAM is such a special player. However, during the spells where the former MK Dons man lets his temperament get the better of him, the Lilywhites don't crumble without his creative ingenuity. Source: Twitter
3rd: Hugo Lloris
Pochettino's side do not deserve a 'keeper of the Frenchman's ability. If Lloris were to leave, the Lilywhites could certainly attract someone of Joe Hart's stature - but there's a reason England's No.1 is out on loan at Torino. Source: Twitter
2nd: Mousa Dembele
No matter how nice your car is, if you take out the engine, you aren't going anywhere. Source: Twitter
1st: Harry Kane
Reached 59 Premier League goals in the same amount of appearances (100) as the player many view as the greatest footballer to ever play in the top flight of English football, Thierry Henry. Source: Twitter
With rumours of Real Madrid being interested in Harry Kane and Dele Alli, whilst Paris Saint-Germain harbour aspirations of bringing Hugo Lloris ‘home’, you have to wonder how long Poch has to make this current crop Premier League title-winners.
Oh, and whilst you’re hear, you may as well take a trip down memory lane…
6 former Tottenham players you won’t believe are still playing
Like many of Spurs' underwhelming (read: shit) signings, the Egyptian international was destined to be forgot. However, he earned a spot in the Lilywhites history, when he threw his shirt towards Martin Jol after being subbed off?. Now being shite for Al Ahly back in his home country.
16 years as a professional footballer has seen the Portuguese striker amass 14 different moves. Mad. The one-time Lilywhites forward is now back at Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, one-year after he left them for Rio Ave. Image Source: Twitter
"...It's only a job. Yes, it's a good, good job and I don't say that I hate football but it's not my passion." Assou-Ekotto No wonder football isn't the left-back's passion, as he's now back in Ligue 1 with Metz, and the football is bloody atrocious.
Yeah, we weren't having this either. There can't be any way that the former Fulham creative playmaker is still playing. However, after leaving Lyon, in the summer, Steed is now a Caen player. Image Source: Twitter
The former Spurs player has had a career that someone of his talents just doesn't deserve; Hamburg, Sampdoria, Juventus, and Fenerbahce - some real respected teams in there. Ziegler is now an FC Sion player, which makes more sense.
Such a bland and generic name - sounds like the name you come up with, when you're just using a made-up example. The now-Port Vale midfielder's career makes you question how an earth he managed to spend two years at White Hart Lane; a time that was full of nothing but being bypassed in games, late challenges and fruitless confrontations with officials. Muppet.