By Danny Wright
Jermaine Jenas is adamant that Tottenham’s move out of White Hart Lane will ruin any chance they have of winning a maiden Premier League title.
The BBC Sport pundit believes that the bigger Wembley pitch could prove to be a massive problem for Spurs as they look to build on what they have achieved this season.
Tottenham played their final game at White Hart Lane on Sunday in a 2-1 win over Manchester United.
Demolition work on the historic ground has already begun in order to pave way for a new 61,000-seater facility.
Spurs struggled at Wembley in European competition this season, winning just one of their four fixtures there which was against Russian side CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stages.
Jenas expects that to be a common theme again next season and has delivered a damning verdict on the North London club’s future title credentials.
“If Spurs were staying at White Hart Lane then I would be thinking they can go on and win the Premier League, but Wembley is a genuine issue for them,” said the ex-England international midfielder on the BBC Sport website.
“Premier League rules do not allow them to change the pitch size to make it the same as at the Lane, where they have been in such brilliant form this season on a pitch that is 440 square metres smaller than the one they will play on at Wembley.”
Jenas, 34, was forced into an early retirement due to repeated problems with injury but still managed to make 200 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 26 goals and supplying 22 assists.
His career also saw him play for Tottenham, QPR, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa and he is now a regular pundit for the BBC.
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