Former West Bromwich Albion striker, Clinton Morrison has claimed that this season would be considered a failure for Tottenham Hotspur if they win the Carabao Cup but finish in mid-table.
Tottenham’s defeat at West Ham United on Sunday put a serious dent in the club’s ambitions of finishing in the top four this season, with Jose Mourinho admitting that Champions League qualification through the league would be difficult.
The Spurs boss hinted that the club’s priority may have to shift to the Europa League, where the North Londoners have one foot in the round of 16 after their 4-1 win over Wolfsberger last week.
Tottenham also have a Carabao Cup final to look forward to in April, which presents the players with a golden chance to end the club’s thirteen-year trophy drought.
However, Morrison insisted that finishing mid-table has to be considered a failure for Spurs given the players they have. He also added that winning silverware might be enough to keep Mourinho in the job.
The pundit told BBC Sport: “With that squad of players they should be doing better. If they finish ninth and win a cup I think they’ll keep Mourinho for next season.
“But for me, it’s still a bad season. Considering the players they have it’s really disappointing.
“I think Tottenham have to concentrate on the Europa League. That’s a passage into the Champions League, because I can’t see them making the top four this season.
“If you’re not playing Champions League football, you’re going to lose players like Kane and Son.”
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It is clear by now that a top-four finish is extremely unlikely. If we were not to qualify for the Champions League by the Europa League route, I believe Mourinho will be at risk of losing his job at the end of the season even if we beat Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup.
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