Despite all the negative press Tottenham Hotspur have gotten so far owing to the delay in the opening of the new stadium, they have not allowed it to affect their performances. Spurs sit second in the table, 6 points behind leaders Liverpool after 19 games.
There have been suggestions that Tottenham should continue to play their remaining home fixtures at Wembley this season instead of moving to the new stadium in order to avoid any disruption to their title challenge. However, Arsenal legend Martin Keown reckons that the move to the new stadium will actually boost Tottenham’s title hopes.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Keown wrote that when Tottenham finally move into their state of the art 62,062-capacity stadium, it could give them a ‘shot in the arm’ that could carry Spurs all the way to the title.
The former defender wrote, “This team is looking formidable and the move into their new home will give them another shot in the arm. It could be the boost they need to win the title.”
Keown further suggested that the rumors linking Pochettino to the Manchester United job might have also made the Tottenham players more focussed on their job.
“Many expect Pochettino to join Manchester United at the end of the season and the fear for Tottenham is that everything he has built will be broken up”, he added.
“Rather than acting as a distraction, it looks like talk of his exit has sharpened the minds of his players. They seem to be playing with an added belief and motivation. They know that if they can deliver the title, they will keep hold of their manager.”
Spurs fans have noticeably lost their enthusiasm for Wembley as attendance figures in recent games have declined sharply. Pochettino also suggested this week that he wanted to move back home as quickly as possible owing to the poor atmosphere at Wembley.
If Tottenham are within touching distance to the summit of the league when they move into their new stadium, it will be a great opportunity to commemorate the opening of what has been described as the best stadium in the country, with a Premier League title.
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