Tottenham Club focus: Why Spurs can finish in the Top Four this season

There has been a fair amount of disquiet this summer regarding the lack of Tottenham’s transfer activity, the ongoing Luka Modric saga and seemingly negative comments by manager Harry Redknapp. Even the recent comments about Spurs being unable to compete for players due to the high wages offered by other clubs – something a better scouting network and youth policy could overcome – may leave the impression that Redknapp has given up on challenging for a top four place before the season has even started. Maybe he is trying to manage expectations.

Fans want higher quality signings coming in but this may not happen. Some players may not come because of the wage structure, or lack of Champions League. Also Daniel Levy insists on selling fringe players to raise funds but his apparent unwillingness to compromise on their price has not helped, though Spurs have a habit of completing transfers late into the window, which may yet see movements.

Perhaps Spurs fans should not be too downbeat about the chances of ending the season in a Champions League place. Currently, Tottenham have the squad that finished fourth and fifth in the last two seasons. Within the squad there remains possibly some of the best players in the Premier League. Bale, Van der Vaart and Modric could perhaps get into any team in Europe. There are improving and promising players in Huddlestone, Sandro and Walker whilst Dawson and Gallas are conceivably one of the best central defense partnerships in the league. There are also proven Premier League players in Lennon, Defoe and Crouch amongst others. Redknapp has his critics, may occasionally be tactically na

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