Danny Murphy gives his view on whether Spurs can challenge for the title

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It was not long ago that Tottenham were sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table and pundits were starting to believe that this could be their year.

However, Spurs have blown hot and cold recently and have come under a fair bit of criticism for their recent displays.

Even though Jose Mourinho’s men have been below par for over a month, they still sit just seven points off Manchester United in top spot with a game in hand.

That demonstrates how close the Premier League is this season and shows that a couple of decent recent can change the entire picture.

Danny Murphy believes that the league is anything but a two-horse race and many teams including Tottenham will believe that they can compete for the title.

The pundit wrote in his column for The Daily Mail: “A number of teams will have reached the halfway stage believing it might be them and why not?

“It definitely applies to United and Leicester, who will rightly fancy their chances. Even clubs like Tottenham will be thinking about what is possible.”

However, Murphy insisted that he does not see Spurs as realistic title contenders due to their over-reliance on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

The former Tottenham man also suggested that the North Londoners lack the creativity in the middle to break teams down.

He added: “Jose Mourinho has won enough trophies in his career for Tottenham to be worthy of a mention.

“There is a confidence in their squad but there is too much of a reliance on Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min for them to be realistic winners.

“I’ve seen them fail to see off teams too many times. The Fulham game was a perfect example — Fulham played well but Spurs didn’t have the quality to win.

“Tanguy Ndombele is the one midfielder who can see a killer pass but even he has only scored four goals in 24 games this season. Leicester have more creativity in that area, with James Maddison and Youri Tielemans.”

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While Murphy’s point about Tottenham’s overreliance on Kane and Son is undeniable if one looks at the stats, one also has to be mindful of the fact that Jose Mourinho’s teams are always set up to give their best players as many opportunities as possible to hurt the opposition.

If one of either Kane or Son were to get injured, I believe the Spurs boss will tweak the way we play to get the most out of the players at his disposal. While our reliance on Kane and Son is undeniable, it is also true that we are better equipped to cope with injuries to either player than any time in the past due to the strength of our squad.

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