By Will Butcher
Phil Bardsley believes Tottenham’s inexperience will prevent them from challenging for the Premier League title this season.
Spurs are nine points behind Chelsea after they lost 2-0 to Liverpool at Anfield thank to a Sadio Mane brace.
Chelsea have a game in hand against Burnley on Sunday afternoon at Turf Moor,
Speaking on BBC Two‘s Match of the Day Two Extra programme, Stoke City star Bardsley claimed that Spurs’ lack of experience will see them fail in their pursuit of top-flight glory.
“I’ve watched them live the last couple of seasons and they have beaten us 4-0 twice at home. They’re one of the most exciting teams in the league,” Bardsley claimed.
“I think there’s a lack of experience. If you look around the squad, it is quite a young squad. Maybe in the next season or two, but right now I can’t see them winning the league.”
There's no doubting Spurs' ability, but is something else stopping them being title challengers?
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 12, 2017
Only two players in Tottenham’s squad are above the age of 30 – goalkeepers Michel Vorm and Hugo Lloris.
Spurs’ dip in form towards the end of 2016 has cost them dearly, as Antonio Conte’s side continue to steamroller the Premier League with 19 league wins from 24 matches.
The north London giants are now set to miss out on another Premier League title after being pipped at the post by Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City last season.
Tottenham will be hoping Sean Dyche’s Burnley can do them a favour on Sunday by beating Chelsea, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side take a break from Premier League action.
Spurs face Gent in the Europa League on Thursday in Belgium, before returning to face Fulham in the FA Cup in a week’s time.
In other Tottenham news, here are three players Spurs could sign to replace Dele Alli.