By Dominic Toner
Robbie Savage believes that Tottenham will finish outside the top four this season.
Spurs achieved their best ever finish in the Premier League last year, a third-placed finish behind Leicester and Arsenal, and are unbeaten after the first four games of the new campaign.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco which takes place at Wembley.
Despite the clear recent Spurs improvement under Pochettino, BBC pundit Savage revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that he believes they won’t reach the top four again this year.
The Premier League’s elite clubs Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all strengthened with new managers and players over the summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool are also expected to challenge at the top-end of the table so Spurs face lots of competition if they are to replicate the form shown last year.
Spurs’ start to the new campaign, and a summer window in which they kept all of their emerging stars in addition to recruiting proven replacements for those who did leave, suggests they will once again be in the mix in the battle for a top-four finish.
The European commitments mean that Pochettino’s side is likely to be stretched but Son Heung-Min scored a brace against Stoke, showing that there is depth in the squad
Spurs added senior players such as Moussa Sissoko, Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen over the summer and they bring some added calibre to White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham team news, they are expected to line up with a 4-2-3-1 against Monaco with an attacking midfielder dropped.