By Dominic Toner
Alan Smith claims that Tottenham will be challenging for the top four this season.
Spurs are currently fifth-placed in the Premier League table and four points adrift of north London rivals Arsenal in fourth.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are seven points behind league leaders Chelsea and are still regarded as title contenders this campaign.
Ex-Arsenal player Smith believes that Spurs are yet to reach the levels of last season, but still expects them to be challenging at the top-end of the Premier League table.
“It was a damaging defeat at Chelsea, breaking their unbeaten record, and maybe they haven’t quite found the pizzazz of last season, but they’re still strong in most areas,” Smith told Sky Sports. “I haven’t seen much to suggest they won’t be in and around the top four this season.”
Spurs suffered a 2-1 away defeat against Chelsea in their last league outing and are enduring a terrible run of form.
Pochettino’s side have won just once in their last 10 games across all competitions and have struggled without injured defender Toby Alderweireld.
The Chelsea defeat ended their unbeaten start to the league and means they have lost just once in 13 matches, but Spurs have also drawn six games.
Spurs’ domestic form has dipped in recent weeks due to their Champions League commitments and they may now be able to focus on the league during a busy December period.
The north London club were eliminated from the European competition, but are still in contention of qualifying for the Europa League.
In other Tottenham news, a Leicester player has mocked the club after their failure last season.