By Dominic Toner
Garth Crooks believes that Tottenham will not be competing for the Premier League title this season.
Spurs bounced back from their 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last week, with a convincing 5-0 victory against Swansea at White Hart Lane.
Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son scored for the north London club and they remain fifth-placed in the league table.
Spurs are currently seven points behind table toppers Chelsea and are still regarded as a potential title winner.
BBC pundit Crooks included Spurs defender Kyle Walker in his team of the week feature, but still thinks they will struggle to challenge for the title.
“Last week’s defeat at Chelsea was more than a mere blip,” Crooks said. “It was a clear indicator that more still needs to be done at White Hart Lane before they can be seriously considered title contenders.
“It’s all well and good putting the Swanseas of this world to the sword – but they are not going to be competing for the Premier League title anytime soon.”
Spurs will have gained experience in a title run-in after competing with eventual champions Leicester last season.
The north London club eventually fell away in the latter stages, but look equally strong this year and have lost just once in the opening 14 league games.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side also have the best defensive record in the division, conceding just 10 goals.
The race for the tile looks extremely tough this campaign and Chelsea have emerged as new favourites after an impressive 3-1 away victory against Manchester City.
Arsenal and Liverpool have also looked in good form this season, while Man City have also spent time at the league’s summit.
In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has urged the club’s player to sign a new contract.