By Dominic Toner
Charlie Adam believes that Tottenham will fall short of winning the Premier League title this season because of their involvement in the Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently the only unbeaten team in the division and also have the best defensive record, conceding just six goals in the opening 11 games.
Spurs earned a point against north London rivals Arsenal on Sunday in 1-1 stalemate, but they have now drawn four consecutive league games and are fifth-placed in the table.
They have just one victory in their opening four Champions League group games this campaign and are in danger of missing out on the knockout rounds, with the club currently occupying a Europa League spot.
Current Stoke midfielder Adam feels that European football has impacted Spurs and as a result they will be challenging for a Champions League place this season.
“Playing in the Champions League has been a big factor, playing Saturday and Tuesday, it has been difficult for them and they have got no rhythm in the team yet,” Adam told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I think they’re in with a shout (of winning the league), but not every game is as easy as you think.
“They are in this run where they have drawn four, they’ll be up their at the end of the season chasing the Champions League places, I just think they will fall short of winning the league.”
The Premier League title race is setting up to be a closely contested one, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal all emerging as contenders alongside Spurs, with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side not too far behind.
Pochettino’s team have been dealt with injuries to key players Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane in recent weeks, with the latter making his return from a 10-game layout to score against Arsenal.
They face a home match against relegation threatened West Ham after the international break and will be searching for a much-needed win to keep in touch with league leaders Liverpool, who are currently five points above them.
In other Tottenham news, their midfielder has held talks with Pochettino and discussed his role in the team.