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9th Oct, 2016 | 10:42pm

Paul Merson: This is biggest barrier to Tottenham success

By Alex Taylor

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has claimed that Tottenham’s lack of consistency is their biggest barrier to success this season.

Merson, 48, played as a winger for Arsenal between 1985-1997 and is now a Television pundit with Sky Sports.

The former Gunners star watched on last season as Spurs faded away in the title race under boss Mauricio Pochettino.

“The only worry for Spurs is whether they can do what they’re doing now next May,” Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star. “Mauricio Pochettino’s teams always fade at the end of the season.

“Okay it didn’t happen until right at the end of last season. But it’s so physically demanding trying to play a pressing game all season.”

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Despite mounting a strong title challenge, Pochettino’s side finished 11 points off top-spot last term, behind rivals Arsenal and eventual winners Leicester City.

The north London outfit are without a first division title since 1961 and have continued to struggle in the later stages of their domestic campaigns in recent seasons.

Tottenham currently sit in second place in the Premier League after picking up 17 points from seven games this term.

Wins against Stoke, Manchester City and Sunderland have put them just one point behind league-leaders City in England’s top-flight.

Pochettino’s back-four currently enjoy the best defensive record in the Premier League so far after conceding just three goals in their 2016-17 domestic campaign.

In other Tottenham news, Reece Oxford has made the staggering claim that Marcus Edwards is the best footballer he has played with – and Tottenham fans have reacted with delight on Twitter.