Harry Redknapp ranks Tottenham as favourites to win the Premier League title and discusses why he believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be triumphant come May.
Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Telegraph, Redknapp reckons the title is now a two-horse race between his old club Spurs and current league leaders Leicester – and he also talks up the goalscoring exploits of Harry Kane.
Redknapp wrote: “It slipped almost under the radar but another two goals on Sunday for Harry Kane and another win for Tottenham Hotspur made this a potentially pivotal weekend in the Premier League.
“Manchester City look like they have blown their chance now after dropping points at Norwich and you would expect some sort of reaction from Newcastle United on Monday against Leicester City after the change of managers. Leicester and Spurs are now separated by only two points and, with so few games remaining, it has reached the point where anything other than winning the title will be a disappointment for either club.
“That would have sounded ridiculous a few months ago but they are both guaranteed Champions League football and, in a season when the big teams have massively underachieved, the opportunity is now there to be seized.
“Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all have to be stronger next season. It has been a weak league and the winning points total this season will be one of the lowest for a few years but it has been still been an incredible achievement, especially for Leicester.
“For Tottenham, it is a bit different. It is a big, big club and I always felt even when I was there between 2008 and 2012 that there was the potential to win the Premier League.
“We were bang in there up until Christmas in the 2011-12 season before finishing fourth and the rebuild that has since been overseen by Mauricio Pochettino has been fantastic. I have a great respect for the job he has done but it is a club that is now not short of anything on or off the pitch.
“Other supposedly bigger clubs might be looking at him but Tottenham are getting everything in place to be a major force over the next decade or more. They have got the most incredible training ground you can imagine, the stadium plans are moving forward, there is plenty of money behind the club and it has great traditions.
Redknapp praises Harry Kane
“Spurs have long been a top four club in my eyes. Defensively they are excellent, Toby Alderweireld and Dele Alli were great signings while Danny Rose has really emerged. Yet what really makes them title contenders is Harry’s goals.
“He was a player who we always expected to make it and I can still clearly remember watching him for the Under-21 team when he was 18. We were playing Birmingham City and they had Scott Dann starting that day.
“Arsenal had been in touch because they were very interested in signing Scott and wanted to come to the training ground to see the game. Pat Rice, who was Arsene Wenger’s assistant, and the chief scout Steve Rowley were there.
“What did they see? They saw a brilliant performance by Harry. He scored four goals that day past. Arsenal decided not to sign Scott Dann and eventually got Per Mertesacker instead.
“Harry is an all-round player, perfectly suited to playing as the one man up front in the system that most clubs now employ. He can hold the ball up, link the play, bring others into the game and is a great finisher.
“He is excellent in the air and, although he is not a flying machine in terms of his pace, he is a strong, powerful runner and has become quicker than people think.”