Hoddle raises concerns over Tottenham’s title belief

Date published: Thursday 28th January 2016 11:34

Tottenham: Tipped to win in latest Premier League predictions

Tottenham: Tipped to win in latest Premier League predictions

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has questioned the club’s inner belief that they can win the Premier League title.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are in fourth place just five points behind shock Premier League leaders Leicester with 15 games to go and Hoddle, who played and managed Spurs, believes they have the ability to go an win the title for the first time since 1960-61.

But the 58-year-old has raised concerns about the confidence and belief within the squad and says Pochettino will only find that out as the season develops.

“There is no doubt that Tottenham have the ability to win the Premier League title in this unpredictable season, but I ask the question whether they seriously believe they can do it. This is a one-off year, with Manchester United struggling and the champions Chelsea falling out of the top four in inexplicable circumstances,” Hoddle told ESPN FC.

“I look at that Tottenham squad and there is no reason they cannot compete with Arsenal and Man City, and I guess we have to put Leicester in the mix for the title now. If Leicester are in there, Spurs are certainly contenders as well.

“Spurs are not used to being within touching distance of the top teams at this stage of the season, but they are there on merit and could be crowned as champions so long as they retain a belief that they can get the job done. At this moment, we don’t know whether that inner confidence is there within the Spurs players and I guess we will only find out whether they have got what it takes when we get into the back end of the season.”

Hoddle also heaped praise on youngster Del Alli and revealed he has not been “too surprised” by his success at White Hart Lane.

“There is always a lot of hype around young players who catch the eye and that is especially the case when they are English. Comparisons to myself are not something I want to get into and it would not help him to be compared to anyone.

“He should be viewed as a great young talent in his own right and I’m not too surprised to see how well he is doing this season because I saw him at MK Dons last season and he always looked so calm on the ball, so comfortable in his surroundings.

“It is a big step up to the Premier League from where he was playing in League One last season, but the lad has handled it so well and he looks to be the kind of player who can do the things most players don’t dream about. He does things differently, offers you that unpredictability and players like that can be so valuable,” added Hoddle.

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