Andy Gray delivers damning verdict on Tottenham season after WHL farewell
By Matt Farr
Former Tottenham ace Andy Gray has questioned the level of praise Tottenham have got this season, despite failing to win a single title.
Spurs had challenged Chelsea almost toe-to-toe for the Premier League title this term, only to fall short of their dream with a defeat to West Ham.
Chelsea then claimed the title a game later with a win over West Brom, having also knocked Tottenham out of the FA Cup semi final last month.
But Tottenham have received endless praise for their attractive style of play, and for a number of standout individual performances this season, despite falling short of silverware on all four fronts.
Gray, who made 33 appearances for Tottenham, insists the club have achieved ‘nothing’ this season, putting their emotional farewell from White Hart Lane into a rather grim perspective.
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In a damning verdict on their season for The Gambling Times, he said: “So with Chelsea won the title after Tottenham failed to push them to the end, but I hear so many plaudits for Spurs as if they have won something.
“They finished second, and that should not be good enough. They need better players to finish first. You can look at it that they nearly got there, but nobody remembers nearly – that is nowhere. They have achieved nothing for me.
“And Spurs said farewell to White Hart Lane, and well for me it doesn’t really hold that many great memories – from when I was playing for them anyway. I had more success playing against them.”
Tottenham’s failed title bid leaves the club still without a league title since their First Division triumph in the 1960-61 season. Their last major domestic title win was the League Cup in 2007-08.
Nevertheless, Mauricio Pochettino has sparked a remarkable transformation at Tottenham that sees the north Londoners competing alongside the big-boys, even if they have yet to overcome the final hurdle.
They have secured a second-placed finish in the Premier League this term, which sees them qualify for the Champions League group-stages for the second successive season.
But next season will unfold for Tottenham away from White Hart Lane in the first chapter of a new era at the club, where they will play their home games at Wembley, while construction continues over a new stadium.
Spurs signed off at their beloved home with a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
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