By Laura O’Leary
Robbie Savage believes Tottenham need to make a world-class signing and win a trophy in order to be seen as a heavyweight in English football.
In his latest column for the Daily Mirror, the BT Sport pundit laid out these two targets as what would take Spurs to the next level, but admitted they will rank above Arsenal if they defeat them.
He wrote: “Mauricio Pochettino still needs a major trophy, and a world-class signing, to announce Tottenham’s rise from pretenders to one of English football’s heavyweights.
“But if Spurs win their derby date with Arsenal at the Emirates,” Savage stated before adding, “and, for me, they are favourites this weekend, it will confirm the balance of power has shifted in north London.”
Spurs meet the Gunners in the north London derby at the Emirates on Saturday, and go into the game above them in the league.
Tottenham have won four more points from the first 11 games than Arsenal, to see them third with 23 points, three position higher than their local rivals.
Last season, Spurs were unable to achieve victory in their only visit to the Emirates instead settling for a 1-1 draw.
In that game, Tottenham had to come from behind to earn a point after a Kevin Wimmer own goal put the Gunners ahead in the 42nd minute; Harry Kane grabbed the equaliser for Spurs from the penalty spot.
Despite not defeating them at the Emirates last season, Tottenham still managed to finish higher than their rivals for the first time in years.
Spurs were runners-up to champions Chelsea, while Arsenal came fifth causing them to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 21 years.
From their higher finish, Tottenham of course qualified for the Champions League and have enjoyed early success in the tournament so far this season.
Spurs are sat atop of their group and have already achieved a memorable 3-1 victory over Real Madrid that had pundits running out of superlatives for Pochettino’s side.
Although Arsenal will be confident ahead of the sides meeting on Saturday as Arsene Wenger’s team are yet to fail to win a home game in the league, winning all five so far.