John Barnes has rejected the idea of Tottenham mounting a serious battle for the Premier League title, claiming they are “a game away from disaster”.
Spurs have started the top-flight campaign in impressive fashion, losing only once in their opening eight games. That defeat came on the opening day but since then, they have shown spells of promising form.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho‘s men sit a point behind leaders Leicester in the Premier League table. Their form has been principally supplied by Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, who have provided 15 goals and 10 assists between them.
As such, and with Gareth Bale yet to hit peak form, talk has surfaced that Tottenham could mount a title challenge this term. According to Barnes, though, there needs to be a reality check on the club’s progress.
“Tottenham are doing well, but Manchester City and Liverpool are still the favourites for the title,” he told BonusCodeBets. “They ground out a victory against West Brom, a game they could have easily lost, but Tottenham aren’t a team who can continue to do that.
“Spurs don’t play with enough consistency, score enough goals, so they are over and above their own expectations now sitting in second position.
“They are title challengers in the sense they will be in the top four, but they won’t finish in the top two.”
Barnes added that the atmosphere at Spurs could soon change if a run of poor results comes their way.
Spurs walking results tightrope
“Spurs are always a game away from a disaster or a fan meltdown, and the fans and players will turn on Jose Mourinho as soon as things aren’t going so well,” he said.
“They lack the harmony and togetherness that other teams have, the players still don’t look happy to be there, so if Tottenham drop a few points that can easily snowball into something much bigger.
“It is a mentality thing as much as anything else. They will challenge for the third and fourth position at best, but they currently have good momentum that they need to take forward.”
Spurs return to action when they face Manchester City in a crunch clash after the international break.
John Barnes was speaking to BonusCodeBets.