By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit and former midfielder Robbie Savage believes Tottenham will have dropped all the way down to sixth place by the end of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign.
The north London club achieved a second placed finish last season, marking their second consecutive top four finish.
Spurs have only finished as low as sixth once since 2009, which came in the 2013-14 campaign when Tim Sherwood was in charge.
However, Savage believes Tottenham could struggle next season and has told that playing their home matches at Wembley could see them slip as far down as sixth.
“Mauricio Pochettino’s strongest XI is arguably the best team in the Premier League, but their best chance of winning the title may have gone with those near misses in the last two seasons,” wrote Savage in his column for the Mirror.
“Spurs struggled to settle at Wembley in the Champions League, and now they face playing there every week while the new ground is going up at White Hart Lane. It could even cost them a top-four spot.
“Verdict: Spurs slipping 6th.”
Tottenham will kick off the 2017-18 season away at newly promoted Newcastle before then taking on last season’s champions Chelsea at Wembley.
The match against the Blues will be an immediate test for Spurs at the iconic England ground and the two only just faced off against each other in April, resulting in a 4-2 win for Chelsea at the FA Cup semi-final stage.
Tottenham supporters will be hoping for a much better result this time around and a win would certainly silence many quickly.
However, fans will also be keen for the club to bring in some new players to add to the already impressive squad before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
In other Tottenham news, Michael Owen has also made a 2017-18 prediction about Spurs.