Sol Campbell’s surprise prediction on who will finish higher between Spurs and Arsenal

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham became the first Premier League club in history not to make a single summer signing this year, and ex-player Sol Campbell believes that it could hurt them through the season.

The former defender, who left Spurs for rivals Arsenal, argues that Spurs face becoming too predictable with such a settled squad.

The Mirror reports that Campbell said: “The problem is that when teams don’t spend money, teams set up against you the same as they did last season and they don’t have to work you out again. They know what they are going up against.

“Just one or two new players can have you rethinking all your plans.

“They bring a different type of football to the game and different attributes and the other team have to think, ‘We’ve got to watch out for this or that’.

“If you have got the same players from last season – they may be top players – but you have had a season and a half of the same players to get used to what is coming.”

However, Tottenham’s newest recruit Lucas Moura has been quite the sensation this season, making his first start to a campaign since joining the North London outfit.

Moura scored a lovely curler against Fulham at Wembley, before following up with a brace against United.

Spurs also have the likes of Son, Winks, Wanyama and Lamela coming back into first team contention, so could Spurs’ squad be strong enough to finish above Arsenal.

Campbell thinks so: “Tottenham will be in the Champions League,” said Campbell, 43. “They have got a strong enough squad, but Arsenal have to still get there while trying to nail down that playing out of the back. You can’t, straight away, say, ‘We are going to go out and play like Barcelona .’ It is not going to happen overnight.

“The only way you are going to learn the system is playing games. Not through training. They need more game time under that type of pressure to progress. That might take half the season.”

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  1. Thanks for the astute observations Sol – coming from the mind of a football genius (ahem) makes all the difference – but lets see how things really pan out in reality though!


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